\ˈglä-sē, 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 , ˈglȯ-​ \ adverb
glossiness \ ˈglä-​sē-​nəs , 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 glossy pages, slightly sticky and heavily scented perfume samples, and the supermodels in insanely decadent haute couture designs drew me in from the very start., "The Magazine Stand Is Looking Very Diverse These Days – & It's About Time," 20 June 2018 Half of the book’s glossy pages are devoted to evocative images, some published here for the first time. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "The Mother of Frankenstein," 1 June 2018 Like many similar publications, Glamour has expanded far beyond its glossy pages. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Condé Nast Chooses a Digital-First Editor to Run Glamour," 8 Jan. 2018 The freelance journalist had just finished her latest story for Indian Country Today’s glossy magazine. Alden Woods, azcentral, "'Our New York Times': Premier tribal news outlet relaunches, still faces old hurdles," 13 June 2018 The showhouse is featured in a glossy, 72-page magazine, filled with photos of the foyer, library, sun room, 'tween suite, master bath and closet, lady's office, early-bird room, night-owl retreat and other rooms. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Some designer showhouse, Kansas City. Where's the kitchen? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 To this day, much of what shapes a view of womanhood in glossy magazines is deeply tied to class and race. Jen Richards, Harper's BAZAAR, "I've Never Had a Period But I'm Still a Woman," 13 July 2017 Go big on color in rich, glossy textures and own it. Djuna Bel, Glamour, "It's Time to Give '80s Beauty Another Shot," 28 June 2018 In a series of photos for Vogue Mexico’s July issue, which the glossy shared on Instagram, Hadid poses wearing a series of looks varying from a white jumpsuit to a sequin ensemble to a nearly nude moment. Jillian Ruffo,, "Bella Hadid Poses in Just a Thong for Vogue Mexico Beach Photo Shoot," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Your autographed Peter King 8x10 glossies are in the mail. The Mmqb Staff,, "The MMQB Power Rankings Poll, Week 2: Packers, Chiefs and a Tight Vote for the Top Spot," 12 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

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


\ˈglä-sē, ˈglȯ-\
glossier; glossiest

Kids Definition of glossy

: having a shiny, smooth surface glossy paint

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