Definition of glossy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡläsē/

adjective (glossier, glossiest)

1Shiny and smooth: thick, glossy, manageable hair
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  • I'm not beautiful, I don't have silky smooth, glossy hair and stick thin legs.
  • The result is permanent pin straight hair with super glossy shine.
  • He was sitting with his legs up on the seat in front of him with the sun shining on his glossy chestnut brown hair.
shiny, gleaming, lustrous, brilliant, shimmering, glistening, satiny, sheeny, smooth, glassy;
polished, lacquered, glazed
1.1(Of a magazine or photograph) printed on high-quality smooth shiny paper.
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  • Except for the occasional story he got in a glossy magazine, the photographs could be re-sized on a color copier without impacting their usefulness.
  • An educated guess would be that the pictures are, indeed, touched up and air-brushed because most photographs in glossy magazines are.
  • Even glossy magazines can be printed on recycled stock now.
2Superficially attractive and stylish, and suggesting wealth or expense: glossy TV miniseries and soaps
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  • They prefer to market the classics on a more glossy superficial level; the profound conductor and seriously dutiful players are a thing of the past.
  • The company has set out to prove once again that it can not only compete with Hollywood at their own game, but create glossy miniseries that feel like feature films.
  • More than any other medium, our perception of architecture is increasingly mediated through renders, walkthroughs and glossy artist's impressions.
expensive, high-quality;
stylish, fashionable, glamorous;
attractive, artistic, upmarket
informal classy, ritzy, glitzy

noun (plural glossies)

1A magazine printed on glossy paper, containing many color photographs and typically devoted to fashion, beauty, celebrities, etc. I cared much too much about getting my picture in the glossies
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  • The media's preoccupation with body size runs the gamut from teen magazines to tabloids, the glossies and, yes, even broadsheets which should know better.
  • Most jazz magazines are only slightly more readable than airline glossies, and serve roughly the same purpose.
  • Adults have celebrity mags and glossies, but kids don't care about big names.
1.1A photograph printed on glossy paper.
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  • She was as motionless as her famous photo glossies, as still as the models at the Wax Museum just down the street.
  • He slid the color glossy across the black lacquer top to her.
  • They each ordered a 10x12 glossy, with protective covering and backing for a frame.



Pronunciation: /-səlē/
Example sentences
  • It rules the ratings in the TV entertainment business, and has successfully set the agenda for what the cable-connected viewer must consume: glossily mounted shows that hook viewers.
  • Your troubles momentarily melt away as you become enveloped in the latest saga gripping some glossily imperfect American family.
  • As an artwork it's negligible, glossily produced but awkwardly composed and, to my eye, rather silly.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡläsēnəs/
Example sentences
  • We are not simply in the business of polishing our own apple through the length of our publications list and the glossiness of our reports.
  • We tend to use very dark chocolate in these recipes, as it gives a wonderful texture and glossiness to cooking sauces.
  • So this film, with all its glossiness, is by far the most fragile and vulnerable work I've done.

Words that rhyme with glossy

bossy, Flossie, flossy, mossy, posse

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Syllabification: gloss·y

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