\ 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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Other Words from glossy


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

buffed, burnished, glistening, lustrous, polished, rubbed, satin, satiny, sleek

Antonyms: Adjective

dim, dull, flat, lusterless, matte (also mat)

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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


a plant with glossy green leaves the glossy finish on the gym floor

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Hyundai's matte-gray paint job features glossy red accents meant to emulate Tony Stark's famed super suit. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "With the 2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition, MCU Means Marvel Car Universe," 10 May 2019 Long before photographs of interiors filled glossy magazines and sites on the internet, interiors, their fabrics and furnishings, were preserved and displayed in carefully detailed drawings or paintings. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why You Need to Start Collecting Interior Drawings," 19 Apr. 2019 Remove from heat and, using electric mixer, beat on low speed, gradually increasing speed to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 6 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets," 8 Mar. 2019 For makeup, Sophie chose to do a soft brown look with a light contour and glossy lips. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner's 2019 BBMA Red Carpet Look Was Basically a Designer Spacesuit," 2 May 2019 The doors in the master closet are so glossy that the fire escape is reflected on them. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Darren Star’s New York Loft is Not What You Would Expect from the Sex and the City Creator," 16 Apr. 2019 Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form; set aside. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frozen S'mores," 14 Mar. 2019 Sweet basil, the most common variety with a subtle anise flavor, is a busy annual that grows 1 to 2 feet high with glossy leaves and spikes of white flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Basil for Your Best Pesto Yet," 20 Aug. 2018 The light, glossy leaves of Schefflera arboricola will instantly brighten up any room. Lennie Larkin, Sunset, "10 Small Trees That Work Perfectly as Houseplants," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald star appears on the cover of the glossy's December edition, and the fashion in the accompanying photos is nothing short of extraordinary — the bunny ears are just the beginning. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Here's Ezra Miller Wearing Lingerie in "Playboy" Because Gender Norms Aren't Real," 16 Nov. 2018 No, this one had cozy chairs and only the most recent glossies on deck. Minda Honey, Longreads, "The Power in Knowing: Black Women, HIV, and the Realities of Safe Sex," 19 June 2018 These were short pieces — the 500-worders that are such a staple of the glossies. Eva Holland, Longreads, "The Writers’ Roundtable: Fiction vs. Nonfiction," 2 Apr. 2018 Pratibha Mirchandani came up in the glossies at the same time and rate as Janice Johns. Miles Marshall Lewis, The Root, "(What Did I Do to Get So) Black and Blue," 18 Mar. 2018 Television appearances and bylines in glossies earned her feverish press attention in the aftermath of the royal wedding. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "The Real Reason Pippa Middleton Has Disappeared From the Spotlight," 5 Feb. 2018 Lanphear will be responsible for overseeing the Hearst glossy's fashion shoots and creative design of the fashion pages. Stephanie Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kate Lanphear Named Marie Claire's Creative Director," 16 Oct. 2017 But from the boob tube to the big screen to the glossies to the Big Leagues, the fault lies not with Mother Nature or the entertainment industry’s consumers — but with the fatally self-absorbed, politically toxified stars themselves. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "Show Biz Meltdown: Bombs Away!," 20 Sep. 2017 By the ’60s, the fashion glossies were awash in modern mermaids. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme’ Review: Survival Couture," 19 Sep. 2017

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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

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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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