\ 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 Both Paap and Al Netland, president of the Northeast Area Labor Council, say that what has been dismissed by political opponents as a less-than-flashy style has failed to account for Smith’s ability to get things done behind the scenes. Star Tribune, "Forging her own identity," 11 Oct. 2020 And Google TV is quite the platform, with some flashy animations and a pretty simple user interface — which, for Google, is a complete rethinking and retooling of the platform. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Chromecast with Google TV moves past a dongle and becomes a full streaming stick," 8 Oct. 2020 Mark Zuckerberg‘s Facebook has brought its voter registration drive to the streets of San Diego in a flashy way. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Facebook gets out the vote in San Diego," 2 Oct. 2020 The 31-year-old has never been shy about wearing flashy suits, funny hats or being eccentric on the field. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, "Cam Newton, Patrick Mahomes share mutual admiration ahead of Patriots-Chiefs matchup," 1 Oct. 2020 The greatest asset that Mr. Trump brought to the job was the ability, cultivated since the 1980s, to look like a fabulously wealthy man — complete with flashy props — even when this image, in reality, bobbed on an ocean of red ink. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Donald Trump Was the Real Winner of ‘The Apprentice’," 28 Sep. 2020 Neither Alie-Cox, nor T.Y. Hilton had flashy games Sunday but each entered with something to prove. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts blow out hapless Jets behind defense, 36-7," 27 Sep. 2020 But with Beijing reporting zero new virus cases for about 50 consecutive days, the show is going ahead and the complex will be filled with flashy vehicles that reflect automakers’ visions for the coming years. Bloomberg.com, "The World’s Car Industry Pins Its Hopes on China’s Recovery," 24 Sep. 2020 Further, not everyone needs, or would even enjoy, pricey vacations or flashy jobs. Doug Johnson, National Geographic, "How you perceive time may depend on your income," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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