flashier; flashiest
chiefly dialectal : lacking in substance or flavor : insipid
: momentarily dazzling
: superficially attractive or impressive
: ostentatious or showy often beyond the bounds of good taste
especially : marked by gaudy brightness
flashily adverb
flashiness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

rich young men who drive flashy cars I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


flashier; flashiest
: gaudy
flashily adverb
flashiness noun

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