\ˈfla-shē \
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 \ adverb
flashiness \ˈfla-​shē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms for flashy


jazzy, pizzazzy (or pizazzy), snazzy, splashy

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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.

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What was once the pinnacle of New England prep (and later a flashy sequins-for-daytime vibe courtesy of former creative director Jenna Lyons) now looks relatively indistinguishable from other casual American brands such as the Gap. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "J.Crew launched its newest brand 16 days ago. Now it’s closing.," 30 Nov. 2018 The city may not have the flashy kid-centric tourist traps like Disneyland, but there’s still plenty for the younger crowd. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Following the same pattern where Apple skipped 2 and 9 in its phone lineup and just headed toward the flashier numbers, what if Apple just skipped all the way to twenty? Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple’s new iPhone names are bad, so it’s hard to see where it goes from here," 15 Sep. 2018 Tonight's performances at the 2018 MTV VMAs ran the gamut, from flashy pop numbers (Ariana Grande) to acoustic vibes (Shawn Mendes), and several spell-binding rap sets. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Watch All the Performances From the 2018 MTV VMAs Right Here," 21 Aug. 2018 There were players with more flashy offensive numbers and those who were ranked higher by pundits than Hayton. Richard Morin, azcentral, "First-round pick Barrett Hayton, Coyotes kick off prospect development camp," 25 June 2018 Fox’s challenge is to not let that flashy number cloud its judgment. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Comcast’s Big Bid Shouldn’t Distract From Regulatory Risks," 13 June 2018 Johnathan Hankins, defensive tackle Not one to post flashy numbers, Hankins is nonetheless an excellent run-stuffing lineman best suited in a 3-4 scheme. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL's best remaining free agents: 10 difference makers still available," 18 May 2018 But even more than the flashy numbers he's been putting up, the area where Davis has really impressed has been on the defensive end. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "10 reasons behind the Pelicans' 10-game winning streak," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flashy was in 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of flashy

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


\ˈfla-shē \
flashier; flashiest

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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