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flash

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of flash


flash

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of flash

  1. 1 a sudden and usually temporary growth of activity a flash of last-minute trips to the video store before the onset of the big snowstorm Synonyms of flash burst, flare, flare-up, outbreak, flicker, flurry, flutter, outburst, spurtWords Related to flash recrudescence, recurrence, renewal; binge, jag, spree; boost, increase, pickup, upswing, upturn; epidemic, eruption, explosion, paroxysm; deluge, flood, rush, spate, surge, volley; commotion, furor, uproarNear Antonyms of flash calm, doldrums, slump

  2. 2 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling a much-needed flash of humor during the otherwise boring lecture Synonyms of flash agony, blaze, burst, ebullition, eruption, explosion, fit, flare, flare-up, outburst, flush, gale, gush, gust, paroxysm, spasm, stormWords Related to flash blowup, grouch, rage, tantrum; ecstasy, rapture, transport; delirium, firestorm, frenzy, furor

  3. 3 a very small space of time the shower will be over in a flash Synonyms of flash beat, eyeblink, instant, heartbeat, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, shake, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling, winkWords Related to flash microsecond; snatch, spurtNear Antonyms of flash aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime

  4. 4 something extraordinary or surprising the new goalie for our hockey team was apparently quite a flash in his hometown Synonyms of flash caution, wonder, marvel, miracle, phenomenon, portent, prodigy, sensation, splendorWords Related to flash curiosity, sight, spectacle; beauty, corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, knockout; apparition, appearance

  5. 5 excessive or unnecessary display the expensive clothes, the luxury cars, and other apparent signs of success are all flash that belie the fact that the family is up to its ears in debt Synonyms of flash flamboyance, ostentation, flashiness, garishness, gaudiness, glitz, ostentatiousness, pretentiousness, showiness, swankWords Related to flash pretense (or pretence); éclat, extravaganza, mummery, pageant, parade, show; dazzle, fanfare, foofaraw, pageantry, pomp, razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz, spectacle; adornment, decoration, dressing, embellishment, garnishment, ornamentation, trimming; extravagance, fanciness, luxuriance, luxuriousness, magnificence, opulence, richness, sumptuousness; luridness; meretriciousness, tawdriness, vulgarityNear Antonyms of flash conservativeness, moderation, modesty, restraint, simplicity, understatement; elegance, gracefulness, tastefulness; minimalismAntonyms of flash austerity, plainness, severity


flash

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of flash

  1. 1 to shoot forth bursts of light the actress's diamond necklace flashed as she hurried on stage to accept the award Synonyms of flash coruscate, flame, glance, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, luster (or lustre), scintillate, shimmer, spangle, sparkle, twinkle, wink, winkle Words Related to flash beam, radiate, shine; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle; blaze, burn, flare, glare, glow

  2. 2 to present so as to invite notice or attention flashed a wad of cash as he paid for his coffee Synonyms of flash display, disport, exhibit, expose, show, flaunt, lay out, parade, produce, show off, sport, strut, unveilWords Related to flash brandish, flourish, wave; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, herald, placard, post, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; divulge, talk (about), tell (of); bare, discover, reveal, uncloak, uncover, unmaskNear Antonyms of flash camouflage, disguise, mask; conceal, cover, curtain, enshroud, hide, obscure, occlude, occult, shroud, veil

  3. 3 to shine with light at regular intervals the disco lights flashed, and the revelers danced Synonyms of flash blink, twinkle, winkWords Related to flash coruscate, flare, flicker, glance, glimmer, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, scintillate, shimmer, spangle, spark, sparkle

  4. 4 to make known openly or publicly flashed the news of the royal birth around the world Synonyms of flash advertise, annunciate, blare, blaze, blazon, broadcast, declare, enunciate, announce, give out, herald, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, release, sound, trumpetWords Related to flash bark, call (off or out), cry; bill, billboard, bulletin, gazette [chiefly British]; knell, ring, toll; blurb, feature, pitch, plug, promote, puff; disseminate, spread; disclose, divulge, introduce, kithe [chiefly Scottish], manifest, report, reveal, show; advise, apprise, hand down, inform, notify; communicate, impart, intimateNear Antonyms of flash conceal, hush (up), silence, suppress, withhold; recall, recant, retract, revoke

Synonym Discussion of flash

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light.
    • lightning flashed
gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background.
    • lights gleamed in the valley
glint implies a cold glancing light.
    • glinting steel
sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light.
    • the sparkling waters
glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming.
    • glittering diamonds
glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface.
    • glistening wet sidewalk
glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam.
    • a distant glimmering light
shimmer means shining with a wavering light.
    • a shimmering satin dress


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