\ 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

Apple originally envisioned the iPad as the glossy magazine equivalent of Amazon’s Kindle. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 Just make sure the Crain sisters all have long, glossy brown hair. Bethonie Butler, The Seattle Times, "8 last-minute pop-culture Halloween costumes for 2018," 29 Oct. 2018 His dark blue navy number featured deep hues with a glossy finish. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA draft picks put on top-notch fashion display," 21 June 2018 For further proof, consider the gorgeous coats in Haider Ackermann’s final Berluti collection, or the glossy, rounded astrakhan coat at Dior Men pre-fall. Emily Farra, Vogue, "10 Trends We Expect to See in Men’s Street Style This Year," 2 Jan. 2019 Smeared with ocher paste, her skin glowed glossy red. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Remove bowl from saucepan and continue to whisk on medium speed until thick, glossy peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "7-Minute Frosting," 11 Dec. 2018 After the finale, the models stood in formation on the glossy black floor of the American Stock Exchange—the guests joined in and toasted the new collection with ample flutes of champagne and mingled with the models. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively and Gigi Hadid Hung Out After the Versace Show," 3 Dec. 2018 The home’s original ceiling has been restored and the original tile—which was thought of as being too small by Witthoefft and his wife—was replaced with a glossy coat of resin. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Renovated midcentury masterpiece asks $2.1M," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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
chiefly British : 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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