\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

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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.

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Photographs taken during the mid-1980s show Elizabeth donning the flashy jewel at an evening event. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles' Engagement Ring From Prince Charles Has a Fascinating History," 28 June 2018 Kamaka slammed the alley-oop to finish the flashy play, caught high-fives from his teammates and hustled back down the floor. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Kamaka Hepa’s shot, from behind the Arctic Circle," 1 Mar. 2018 Trump will seek one anyway, hoping to solve some of the most intractable conflicts with one of America’s least trustworthy adversaries in a flashy one-day event. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 But what once looked like a flashy new American car startup is now, more than ever, being controlled by Chinese influence. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future reveals the source of its $2 billion investment as a co-founder steps away," 26 June 2018 The primary firefly love language is light, and courtship is an appropriately flashy process. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 More independent dining coming to Roseville is good news for residents in the Placer County suburbs, and Ciao also represents a departure from some of the flashy, splashy places that have made up much of the area's dining scene. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 Not Hill's style - wearing a flashy suit to home games. Candace Buckner, chicagotribune.com, "The graybeard Cavaliers have turned experience into their best weapon against the Celtics," 22 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flashy

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


\ˈfla-shē \
flashier; flashiest

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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