\ 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 flashily (audio) \ adverb
flashiness \ ˈfla-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce flashiness (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 The Staffords added a flashy new owners’ suite and turned the original owners’ suite into a large entertainment area with a fireplace, TV wall and bar. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "A look inside Matthew Stafford's $6.5M lakeside home reveals more than even we expected," 23 May 2020 The virtual event, which begins tonight, will be a throwback to less flashy times. Terence Mcginley, New York Times, "Sports Without Games? The N.F.L. Is Made for That," 23 Apr. 2020 But the highest returns come from less flashy projects. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Home renovations that are worth the cost (and the ones that aren't)," 20 Jan. 2020 Playmobil’s virtues for me have long resided in its more generic, less flashy scenarios. Jason Wilson, Washington Post, "Playmobil’s Plan to Infiltrate Your Workplace," 23 Dec. 2019 The boots are flashy, but have to compete with a cartoonishly colorful laundromat set and the stars’ big-hair red and blonde wigs. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: Musical ‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ good, fairly clean country fun at Seven Angels," 30 Sep. 2019 The VMAs celebrate creative expression and give celebrities a chance to go big with their beauty looks, from major hair to over-the-top makeup and flashy outfits, and the 2019 show did not disappoint. Teen Vogue, "MTV VMAs 2019 Red Carpet: Best Beauty Looks," 26 Aug. 2019 For a shy shark that spends most its time resting on the sea floor (see video above), the chain catshark certainly wears a flashy outfit. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "This shark glows using a process previously unknown to science," 8 Aug. 2019 Cameron has a tender heart, a calm energy and a confidence that isn’t flashy. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "It’s time to rate the couples on Netflix’s ‘Love Is Blind’," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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