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glossy

adjective \ ˈglä-sē , ˈglȯ- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of glossy

glossier; glossiest
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

glossily

play \ˈglä-sə-lē, ˈglȯ-\ adverb

glossiness

play \ˈglä-sē-nəs, ˈglȯ-\ noun

Examples of glossy in a Sentence

  1. a plant with glossy green leaves

  2. the glossy finish on the gym floor

Recent Examples of glossy from the Web

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First Known Use of glossy

1556

Synonym Discussion of glossy

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

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glossy

noun

Definition of glossy

plural glossies
1 :a photograph printed on smooth shiny paper
2 chiefly British :slick 4

Recent Examples of glossy from the Web

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First Known Use of glossy

1928

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GLOSSY Defined for English Language Learners

glossy

adjective

Definition of glossy for English Language Learners

  • : having a shiny, smooth surface


glossy

noun

Definition of glossy for English Language Learners

  • : a photograph with a shiny surface

  • : a popular magazine that is printed on smooth and shiny paper


GLOSSY Defined for Kids

glossy

adjective \ ˈglä-sē , ˈglȯ- \

Definition of glossy for Students

glossier; glossiest
:having a shiny, smooth surface
  • glossy paint


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