glossy

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adjective

ˈglä-sē How to pronounce glossy (audio)
ˈglȯ-
glossier; glossiest
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: having a surface luster or brightness
rich glossy leather
glossy paper
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: attractive in an artificially opulent, sophisticated, or smoothly captivating manner : slick
lots of glossy and phony chatter
glossily adverb
glossiness noun

glossy

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noun

plural glossies
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: a photograph printed on smooth shiny paper
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chiefly British : slick sense 5
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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
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This week, Billie Eilish returns in shades of blue with her third studio album, Saweetie is unstoppable in a glossy new single, and Omar Apollo puts his heart on his sleeve on the first peek into his next project. Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 That’s how the ROG Ally X looks from the front: same big screen bezels, same glossy cover glass, same button layout, same speaker placement, almost the same exact shape throughout. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for glossy 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

gloss entry 1 + -y entry 1

Noun

derivative of glossy entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glossy was in 1556

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Cite this Entry

“Glossy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glossy. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

glossy

adjective
ˈgläs-ē,
ˈglȯs-
glossier; glossiest
: having a surface luster or brightness
glossiness noun

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