\ ˈglä-sē How to pronounce glossy (audio) , ˈglȯ- \
glossier; glossiest

Definition of glossy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a surface luster or brightness rich glossy leather glossy paper
2 : attractive in an artificially opulent, sophisticated, or smoothly captivating manner : slick lots of glossy and phony chatter


plural glossies

Definition of glossy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a photograph printed on smooth shiny paper
2 chiefly British : slick sense 5

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glossily \ ˈglä-​sə-​lē How to pronounce glossily (audio) , ˈglȯ-​ \ adverb
glossiness \ ˈglä-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce glossiness (audio) , ˈglȯ-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glossy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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sleek, slick, glossy mean having a smooth bright surface or appearance. sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning. a sleek racehorse slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface. slipped and fell on the slick floor glossy suggests a highly reflective surface. photographs having a glossy finish

Examples of glossy in a Sentence

Adjective a plant with glossy green leaves the glossy finish on the gym floor
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From the late 1970s through to the late ‘80s, when the game got glossy and professional (and less fun), snooker was as much a comedy act as a game. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Vintage Snooker," 1 May 2020 Only two hours after Kylie's most recent post, Jeffree just showed up in an almost identical wig – from the glossy bronde color, down to the ashy honey highlights. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ummm Jeffree Star and Kylie Jenner Now Have the Exact Same Hair," 27 Apr. 2020 The set is available in various glossy colors and the high-quality material will keep food at the perfect temperature for serving. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "Le Creuset Is Having a Sitewide Sale for the First Time Ever," 9 Apr. 2020 Add the Prosecco and whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy and a dollop holds its shape when spooned onto a plate, about 4 minutes. CBS News, "The Dish: Acclaimed pastry chef Claudia Fleming shares her favorite sweet and savory recipes," 15 Feb. 2020 There's also bento boxes and bowls made in Japan by Takenaka, which come in a range of glossy, cheerful colors. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Sad Sack No More: Chic Portable Wares for a Better Packed Lunch," 21 Jan. 2020 Apple, keen to get in on the content gold rush, has poured millions upon millions into Apple TV+, a glossy and competitively priced streaming-service option, albeit one that cannot yet boast programming strong enough to rival Netflix. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How Netflix Transformed the Peak TV Terrain in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 Apple’s green moonshot Apple, like its products, is glossy and impenetrable. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Can Apple keep growing without extracting anything more from the earth?," 12 Dec. 2019 They’re as glossy and coiled as snails, leaving inky trails across a tortilla. Los Angeles Times, "Mushrooms star in this easy recipe from Tacos 1986," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In some ways, that has been the story of most mainstream glossies, Vogue and Elle included. New York Times, "The Real Fashion Trend of Glenda Bailey’s Bazaar," 17 Jan. 2020 Girls with a flair for filters outmaneuvered traditional fashion glossies, upending millions in traditional advertising and marketing spend. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "During the 2010s, Consumers Made Big Demands of the Apparel Industry," 19 Dec. 2019 From high-end glossies to Instagram looks, stories about how fashion and beauty help us define ourselves. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "New themes, dates and season tickets for 2020 Arizona Storytellers shows," 26 Nov. 2019 Along the way hers became a regular boldface name in the tabloids and flourishing glossies. New York Times, "The Party Girl, Till the End," 7 Nov. 2019 Tabloids and glossies alike have tried to piece together details using the couple’s rare public outings. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will the Real Irina Shayk Please Stand Up," 11 July 2019 The glossies hung outside the restaurant depict the best things to order here. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Cheesy khachapuri and Georgian soup dumplings await at Glendale’s Havlabar," 5 Sep. 2019 The glossies hung outside the restaurant depict the best things to order here. Glendale News-Press, "Review: Glendale’s Havlabar serves up cheesy khachapuri and Georgian soup dumplings," 5 Sep. 2019 People came in to buy the weekly glossy for 25 cents. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "She was 15, a swimmer at Broad Ripple High, when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of glossy


1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glossy


gloss entry 1 + -y entry 1


derivative of glossy entry 1

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The first known use of glossy was in 1556

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19 May 2020

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“Glossy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of glossy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a shiny, smooth surface



English Language Learners Definition of glossy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a photograph with a shiny surface
chiefly British : a popular magazine that is printed on smooth and shiny paper


\ ˈglä-sē How to pronounce glossy (audio) , ˈglȯ- \
glossier; glossiest

Kids Definition of glossy

: having a shiny, smooth surface glossy paint

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