\ 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 Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection just three months after temporarily canceling dozens of its flashy acrobatic shows worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Cirque du Soleil, theatrical high flyer, files for bankruptcy protection," 29 June 2020 For now, Karat wants to be the flashy card in every influencer’s wallet. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats," 25 June 2020 Up until a couple of months ago, Johnson churned out flashy portraits of sporting icons like Michael Jordan, the types of things that would generate likes on Instagram. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Hoosier Micah Johnson finds voice as an artist," 25 June 2020 Currently on sale, the genuine leather shoes come in chic styles like fringed moccasins in on-trend hues like blush pink and sage gray and and high-top sneakers with flashy metallics. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "Amazon’s huge summer sale includes must-have deals on kids, baby items," 25 June 2020 Ellis, a flashy 6-foot-3 point guard who can score from all over the court, hasn't visited Louisville in person, as the coronavirus pandemic brought college recruiting trips to a halt this spring. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Standout JUCO point guard El Ellis joins Louisville basketball's 2021 class," 24 June 2020 The ability to use an app to place a purchase and pick up without lingering, a flashy convenience in 2011, seems like an urgent requirement now. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "The coronavirus has been surprisingly good for Square. But it missed a big opportunity," 24 June 2020 No flashy firearms — leave the ready-slung AR-15 at home — just men at the mall, or on the subway, legally carrying Glocks on their hip, or perhaps shotguns on their backs, as a test of the reaction of local law enforcement and the public. Mccracken Poston, ajc, "OPINION: Public gun toting in black and white — and when blues see red," 10 June 2020 Cops have reportedly broken up the events by ramming mopeds into bicycles, and have trumpeted the confiscation of teen-agers’ flashy BMX bikes on the social-media feeds of police precincts. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jul 2020

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 7 Jul. 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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