\ ˈfla-shē How to pronounce flashy (audio) \
flashier; flashiest

Definition of flashy

1 chiefly dialectal : lacking in substance or flavor : insipid
2 : momentarily dazzling
3a : superficially attractive or impressive
b : ostentatious or showy often beyond the bounds of good taste especially : marked by gaudy brightness

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Other Words from flashy

flashily \ ˈfla-​shə-​lē How to pronounce flashy (audio) \ adverb
flashiness \ ˈfla-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce flashy (audio) \ noun

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gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation. circus performers in gaudy costumes tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy. tawdry saloons garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright. garish neon signs flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar. a flashy nightclub act meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise. a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars

Examples of flashy in a Sentence

rich young men who drive flashy cars I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.
Recent Examples on the Web Americans favor founders who served as presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison) or who were flashy in other ways (Franklin and Hamilton). Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Connecticut marks 300th birthday of Roger Sherman, ‘not flashy’ but important founder," 10 Apr. 2021 Jewelry doesn't have to be too flashy to make a statement. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 50 best Mother’s Day gifts for every type of mom," 29 Mar. 2021 In the clip, the artist watches the unmasked former Olympian cover the song in a fabulous and flashy phoenix costume after on the popular Fox competition show. Anna Chan, Billboard, "Kesha Belatedly — and Hilariously — Reacts to Caitlyn Jenner's 'Masked Singer' Cover of 'Tik Tok'," 7 Apr. 2021 Last year’s Burden of Proof was mostly a flashy and triumphant recollection of the spoils of pushing drugs and getting out, with occasional hints at street life’s frustration and loss. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "Best Albums of March 2021: Lana Del Rey, Serpentwithfeet, Selena Gomez, Adult Mom," 5 Apr. 2021 As lifelong trendsetters and style chameleons, Black creatives have the ability to effortlessly turn heads whether seen in soft, mild fashion looks or flashy and exuberant pieces. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "14 Iconic Black Fashion Moments Through Film," 1 Apr. 2021 Engineers often do vital, if not flashy, behind-the-scenes work. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World at 50: The making of Cinderella Castle’s makeover," 24 Mar. 2021 The guitar first belonged to American guitarist Al Casey, who was asked by producers to let Elvis use it during his TV special because of the guitar's flashy and fiery appeal. Maryam Mohamed, CNN, "Elvis Presley's iconic guitar up for grabs in upcoming auction," 14 Mar. 2021 Since 2017, the online marketplace OGUsers has fueled a community focused on buying and selling access to short or flashy social media and gaming handles, like @xx or @drug. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "A Coordinated Takedown Targets 'OGUser' Account Thieves," 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Apr 2021

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flashy

usually disapproving : bright or fancy in a way that is meant to attract attention


\ ˈfla-shē How to pronounce flashy (audio) \
flashier; flashiest

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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