glossy

adjective
\ ˈglä-sē How to pronounce glossy (audio) , 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 How to pronounce glossy (audio) , ˈglȯ-​ \ adverb
glossiness \ ˈglä-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce glossy (audio) , ˈglȯ-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glossy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 What leaf surface there is is extremely glossy and does not absorb the weedkillers efficiently. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 Prosser also shared some other titbits: the glass back of the iPhone 14 will be semi-glossy with the logo set underneath. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The male driver’s eyes were only half opened and were glossy. cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Photos should be printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper - and selfies aren't accepted. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 23 June 2021 Arriving on a wood-free glossy paper, this poster is riddled with movie classics from the likes of Steven Spielberg (Jaws, The Goonies), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining). Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2020 As for her glam, Zendaya rocked pink eyeshadow, heavy black eyeliner, dramatic bottom lashes and a glossy lip. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Williams did find some water at the sanctuary’s south end, and with it white pelicans, white-faced ibis, glossy ibis, great blue heron, Franklin’s gulls and California seagulls (Utah’s state bird) on a mud bar. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 There was a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and two soras. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, the same paint color can look completely different based on the finish, from matte to glossy and every sheen in between. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 6 Apr. 2021 Wow’s Extra Shine spray, designed to create a glossy, but not greasy, shine. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 24 Nov. 2020 Because Gibson has so many antiques, Hillery suggested adding in a glossy, Granny Smith-green Oomph console as a more modern accent. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, 25 Sep. 2020 Valentina Sampaio has been named a 2020 rookie and is the first transgender model to appear in the glossy’s pages. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 July 2020 In some ways, that has been the story of most mainstream glossies, Vogue and Elle included. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2020 Girls with a flair for filters outmaneuvered traditional fashion glossies, upending millions in traditional advertising and marketing spend. Kate Bowers, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2019 From high-end glossies to Instagram looks, stories about how fashion and beauty help us define ourselves. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, 26 Nov. 2019 Along the way hers became a regular boldface name in the tabloids and flourishing glossies. New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019

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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

History and Etymology for glossy

Adjective

gloss entry 1 + -y entry 1

Noun

derivative of glossy entry 1

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“Glossy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glossy. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce glossy (audio) , ˈglȯ- \
glossier; glossiest

Kids Definition of glossy

: having a shiny, smooth surface glossy paint

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