\ 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

Other Words from glossy


glossily \ ˈglä-​sə-​lē How to pronounce glossy (audio) , ˈglȯ-​ \ adverb
glossiness \ ˈglä-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce glossy (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 Rubber plants are hardy and its glossy, dark leaves will bring drama to any small bedroom. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2022 During warm seasons, this shrub still brings beauty to the garden with its glossy evergreen leaves. Laurren Welch, Country Living, 28 July 2022 This succulent boasts glossy green leaves and bright red, yellow, pink, or orange flower clusters that last for weeks. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 29 May 2022 The lid has a glossy Dell logo on it, and everything feels very sturdy. Christian De Looper, BGR, 9 Nov. 2021 While lacquered walls aren’t for the faint of heart, their glossy finish really packs a punch. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, 8 Sep. 2022 Characterized by sheer white tones with a glossy finish, the milky nail look supplies a more natural effect; one that looked beautiful against Lopez’s glowing skin, bright wedding gown, and diaphanous tulle veil on her big day. Violeta Valdés, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2022 Finally, the chocolate is tempered to give it a glossy finish and to prevent it from melting easily. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 Choose a glossy finish to add an extra-glamorous touch. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This product goes on glossy and leaves behind a subtle sheen and color that will last all day. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 3 Aug. 2022 The officer stopped the SIV, and the officer noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy and her cheeks were flushed. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 In fact, the same paint color can look completely different based on the finish, from matte to glossy and every sheen in between. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 6 Apr. 2021 Wow’s Extra Shine spray, designed to create a glossy, but not greasy, shine. Sarah Midkiff,, 24 Nov. 2020 Because Gibson has so many antiques, Hillery suggested adding in a glossy, Granny Smith-green Oomph console as a more modern accent. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, 25 Sep. 2020 Valentina Sampaio has been named a 2020 rookie and is the first transgender model to appear in the glossy’s pages. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 July 2020 In some ways, that has been the story of most mainstream glossies, Vogue and Elle included. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2020 Girls with a flair for filters outmaneuvered traditional fashion glossies, upending millions in traditional advertising and marketing spend. Kate Bowers, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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More Definitions for glossy


\ 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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