flashy

adjective \ ˈfla-shē \

Definition of flashy

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

flashily

play \ˈfla-shə-lē\ adverb

flashiness

play \ˈfla-shē-nəs\ noun

Examples of flashy in a Sentence

  1. rich young men who drive flashy cars

  2. I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.

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First Known Use of flashy

1593

Synonym Discussion of flashy

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

FLASHY Defined for English Language Learners

flashy

adjective

Definition of flashy for English Language Learners

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


FLASHY Defined for Kids

flashy

adjective \ ˈfla-shē \

Definition of flashy for Students

flashier; flashiest
:gaudy, showy
  • flashy clothes


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