\ 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 56-page glossy magazine (written by Roger Naylor) is free to park visitors and features stories about history, science, geology, artwork and poems. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim," 26 June 2019 Once valued at $4 million, the house was the stuff of center spreads in glossy architectural magazines. Josh Kovner,, "Chemistry and calm, then loneliness and turbulence in the marriage of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos," 23 June 2019 Stir in red peppers, and cook until softened and glossy, about 3 minutes. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 What was once a combination of glossy and matte or glass and metal finishes are replaced with a more uniform back panel. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Google leaked the Pixel 4 early, here's what we know," 13 June 2019 Satin is slightly less lustrous than semi-gloss, and can appear to be both flat and glossy, depending on the lighting in the room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Choosing the Right Paint Finish: Eggshell Vs. Satin," 25 Feb. 2019 Brushing a layer on top makes all of the liquid harden in a minute or two and leaves your nails looking super glossy and smooth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Seche Vite Top Coat Is the $6 Game Changer That Saved My Manicures," 22 Feb. 2019 People buy mascara for its ability to make their lashes look really, really good — meaning long, voluminous, curled, (and yes, sometimes very dark or glossy). Sable Yong, Allure, "Why Are Mascara Names So Damn Thirsty?," 25 Sep. 2018 Pork ribs represented less of a commitment, long spares with a sweet, glossy finish that stayed faithful to salt and pepper over pork that hung on to the bone without getting clingy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Love or something like it at Texas 46 BBQ," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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The first known use of glossy was in 1556

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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