Synonyms & Antonyms of glossy

having a shiny surface or finish
  • the glossy finish on the gym floor
  • a sports car with an interior upholstered with glossy leather

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How does the adjective glossy differ from other similar words?

The words sleek and slick are common synonyms of glossy. While all three words mean "having a smooth bright surface or appearance," glossy suggests a highly reflective surface.

photographs having a glossy finish

When could sleek be used to replace glossy?

The synonyms sleek and glossy are sometimes interchangeable, but sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning.

a sleek racehorse

When can slick be used instead of glossy?

The words slick and glossy can be used in similar contexts, but slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface.

slipped and fell on the slick floor

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The first known use of glossy was in 1556

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gloss (over)



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“Glossy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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