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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Find her in pastel dresses with sneakers or flashy jewelry with athleisure. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nilüfer Yanya Is in the Fast Lane in Her New “Baby Blu” Music Video," 12 Apr. 2019 But there was no flashy engagement announcement for these two — instead, the couple casually announced their big news with two very low-key tweets. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Jordan Peele and Wife Chelsea Peretti's Low-Key Relationship," 8 Apr. 2019 Having spent a good portion of my career working with cancer patients, I have been asked about cancer cure alls and products that make flashy claims. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 They are manufactured by Newaza, the same company that produces the high-quality gear for ripped fighters in mixed martial arts and jiujitsu, two sports where a flashy, self-expressive athletic uniform is the norm. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Label Poser Offers Up Martial Arts–Quality Clothes With an Intergalactic Edge," 30 July 2018 Having a hat from there is not a status symbol, like an 'It' bag or a flashy thing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Is This Kate Middleton's Favorite Hat?," 20 Mar. 2019 An early glimpse of Magic Leap’s potential came in a flashy video showing an office worker taking up virtual arms against an invasion of ne’er-do-wells. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Hype Strategy for HoloLens Is to Avoid It," 24 Feb. 2019 Macbooks, which recently got center stage when the Macbook Pro gained a flashy touchpad, are traditionally announced quietly whenever Intel's newest chips hit the market to upgrade Macs and PCs alike. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "For Apple's Big Event on Monday, Hardware Is Just a Sideshow," 21 Mar. 2019 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

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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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