glossy

adjective
\ 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

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, 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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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

Next up, Lili reacted to a Dark Betty tutorial, in which artist Bronte Jones reimagines her alter-ego's look with the help of color contacts, a black cat-eye, and a glossy, femme fatale red lip. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Reacts to Riverdale Betty Cooper Makeup Tutorials," 27 June 2018 Klein showed signs of being under the influence, as her speech was slurred, there was a strong odor of alcohol and her eyes were glossy, the report said. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls woman accused of driving under the influence with her newborn in the backseat," 27 June 2018 The surface of the new songs is glossy and tuneful, with bubbling synthesizers and knowingly retro echoes of the 1970s and ’80s. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 The glossy, streamy, heavily reverberated sounds of electronic dance music snowballed in the mid-2000s and grew to unprecedented popularity into the 2010’s. Tarpley Hitt, miamiherald, "As Ultra celebrates electronic dance music, some wonder if its heyday is past | Miami Herald," 23 Mar. 2018 Hadid prefers a no-fuss approach to party beauty: slicked-back hair, nude glossy lips, and a dramatic cat-eye that just won't budge. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Knows How To Party," 22 Mar. 2018 Tall, with blond hair, high cheekbones, glossy red lips...and just the slightest hint of a five o’clock shadow. Jessica Pressler, Town & Country, "Meet Herman Weisberg, the Mistress Whisperer Who Handles Affairs Gone Wrong," 10 Jan. 2018 Found throughout North America, these glossy, flattened insects are brown to black in color and measure ½ to 1 inch long. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Control Earwigs In Your Garden—And Keep Them From Getting In Your House," 29 Mar. 2017 If the surrounding paint is glossy, sand it before proceeding to the next step. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall," 8 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Your autographed Peter King 8x10 glossies are in the mail. The Mmqb Staff, SI.com, "The MMQB Power Rankings Poll, Week 2: Packers, Chiefs and a Tight Vote for the Top Spot," 12 Sep. 2017

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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

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The first known use of glossy was in 1556

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More Definitions for glossy

glossy

adjective

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

: a popular magazine that is printed on smooth and shiny paper

glossy

adjective
\ ˈglä-sē , ˈglȯ- \
glossier; glossiest

Kids Definition of glossy

: having a shiny, smooth surface glossy paint

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