glossy

adjective
\ 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

glossy

noun
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

Adjective

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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Adjective

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 In addition to a glossy white bed frame, Cameron’s dresser, nightstand walls and duvet are all pure white. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Tyler Cameron Shows Off His 'First Big Boy' NYC Apartment: ‘I Have an Eye Like Joanna Gaines'," 31 July 2020 What transpires is 10 episodes of glossy melodrama served with a witty, British garnish. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s Get Even Is a Perfect Blend of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars," 31 July 2020 Perhaps fronted by an impossibly glossy A-list darling with their own painfully cool aesthetic? Daniela Morosini, refinery29.com, "Starface Wants To Change The Way We See Our Acne," 8 July 2020 Despite years of glossy demos, AR’s predominant consumer experiences are still Pokémon Go and an iOS app that measures things. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR," 30 June 2020 In the entry, for example, glossy black brought a mahogany banister back to life. Marni Elyse Katz, Better Homes & Gardens, "Coastal Colors and Boho-Inspired Accents Revive This 130-Year-Old Victorian," 23 June 2020 Why so few Black editors at glossy fashion publications? Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Fashion Industry Is Very White. These Three Designers Know That All Too Well.," 29 June 2020 They come wrapped in glossy paintwork, lovely leather, and fine trim. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Lexus SC400 Rewrites the Sport Coupe Formula," 26 June 2020 Over the past few years, glossy red, yellow or black brake calipers have practically become de riguer for sports cars and muscle machines. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Gift guide: Father’s Day gear for your favorite auto enthusiast," 19 June 2020 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

Adjective

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glossy

Adjective

gloss entry 1 + -y entry 1

Noun

derivative of glossy entry 1

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The first known use of glossy was in 1556

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7 Aug 2020

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“Glossy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glossy. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for glossy

glossy

adjective
How to pronounce glossy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glossy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a shiny, smooth surface

glossy

noun

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

glossy

adjective
\ 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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