\ 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


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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Charming Charlie, a Houston retailer known for selling flashy and colorful women's accessories, is going out of business after filing for bankruptcy for the second time in less than two years. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Charming Charlie to go out of business," 11 July 2019 In other words, what looks flashy and fun to us in an Instagram post may help the squirrels disappear when hungry mouths come prowling. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Giant purple squirrels do exist—and they have an odd behavior," 4 Apr. 2019 On the more flashy and dangerous end, hackers were able to give cranes completely fabricated commands and could even do so remotely so long as a small piece of hardware to relay the nefarious instructions was hidden somewhere on the scene. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Industrial Cranes Are Disturbingly Hackable," 16 Jan. 2019 Besides, if Meghan and Harry did host a christening on the level of their royal niece and nephews, chances are the haters would still accuse them of trying to be too flashy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Piers Morgan Slams Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for Keeping Archie's Christening Private," 1 July 2019 Getting big donors and having flashy television ads isn’t going to work. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, to challenge Susan Collins," 24 June 2019 While Godfrey's bass technique may not be Jack Bruce active or Bootsy Collins flashy, his heartfelt tasteful playing is essential to one of Huntsville's all-time bands, Microwave Dave & The Nukes. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019 Making saves without looking flashy is what Binnington does best. Washington Post, "Blues’ Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion," 13 June 2019 Making saves without looking flashy is what Binnington does best. Stephen Whyno, courant.com, "Blues’ Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion," 13 June 2019

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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

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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