flashy

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms for flashy

Synonyms

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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Most perennials have less flashy flowers and bloom for a shorter period of time, usually 2 to 6 weeks. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Annuals vs. Perennials: Everything You Need to Know," 1 Feb. 2019 The first-wave JAPs had certainly been flashy, but Juicy Couture embodied these ideals with a tone of winking self-awareness. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 Still, players continue to compete off the court in a shoe market where sometimes the flashier the better. Steve Reed, The Seattle Times, "NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 And to his credit, Offset’s go-to garments have been just as flashy of late. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "How Offset Let Cardi B Shine on the AMAs Red Carpet," 10 Oct. 2018 The actress is indeed a brand ambassador, but her choice of the simple, goes with anything purse over anything flashier spoke volumes. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence, Katie Holmes, and Miranda Kerr All Agree: This Is Summer’s It Bag," 8 Aug. 2018 Quarterman’s isn’t the flashiest performance in the episode. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Is Lee Sizemore Westworld’s Season 2’s Most Important Character?," 21 May 2018 The AVs that made the biggest splash in 2018 were the least flashy of the bunch. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 But for all its flashy high rises, Miami isn't much of a rooftop city. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Women Who Travel Meetups: Miami," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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flashy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flashy

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

flashy

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

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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