flashy

adjective
\ ˈfla-shē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from flashy

flashily \ˈfla-shə-lē \ adverb
flashiness \ˈfla-shē-nəs \ 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

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

Rakitic is a little flashier but no less resilient. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How the World Cup final between France and Croatia will be won," 13 July 2018 The new gates offer more amenities, such as outlets in every seat and more space for passengers, as Charlotte balances its low-cost, no-frills past with a flashier future. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 In a league full of flashy stars, Anthony has stuck with his cool and straight-forward style, highlighted by his affinity for slim-fit suits, hats and crew neck sweaters. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 The least flashy section of the menu is arguably the best, sharp and sublime across the board, no matter who is handling the preparation — a testament to the team Nakano has assembled. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 To other flashier, more trophy-laden nations, simply reaching the semifinal stage wouldn’t be grounds for celebration. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "England’s Unfamiliar Emotion: Hope," 10 July 2018 Will this be a defense that’s finally coupled with a flashy offense or will this be a defense that must overcompensate for an offense that can’t get the job done? Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football or Michigan State, who is better? It's an easy call," 10 July 2018 However, the one takeaway fans could like is his poise and vision in the Hornets’ offense, dishing a few flashy assists. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Former KU guard Devonté Graham signs contract, produces in first game for Hornets," 6 July 2018 But even among this throng of flashy ailments, Detroit’s car-insurance problem looks egregious. The Economist, "Why Detroit is the most expensive city in America to buy car insurance," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flashy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about flashy

Dictionary Entries near flashy

flash-type

flash weld

flash welding

flashy

flask

flasker

flasket

Statistics for flashy

Last Updated

16 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for flashy

flashy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flashy

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

flashy

adjective
\ ˈfla-shē \
flashier; flashiest

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on flashy

What made you want to look up flashy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

occurring twice a year or every two years

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!