\ 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

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rich young men who drive flashy cars I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.
Recent Examples on the Web The Kentucky offense isn’t flashy, but QB Will Levis is averaging 8.4 yards per passing attempt, enough to keep the running lanes open for RB Chris Rodriguez. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 Fertitta acknowledges it’s a complicated time to be so flashy. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 One of the most common questions we get asked is about diversifying our style options, making styles that are less flashy, for example. Rachel King, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2021 Last season, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia ripped Newton's flashy attire after the Patriots lost to the 49ers. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 Hype coins, as they’re known, sit squarely on the flashy, speculative end of the cryptocurrency business. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Smith, the flashy entrepreneur who cofounded Vice Media and serves as its executive chairman, more than doubled his money on the deal. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2021 Some pterosaurs were also known for having flashy, colorful giant crests stretching up like huge mohawks from the tops of their heads. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 By creating a flashy apparel line that resonated with golfers looking to stand out while on the course, Bogey Boys has also made inroads as a lifestyle brand as the 7-month-old business continues to expand. Chris Cason, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Oct 2021

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flashy

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


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

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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