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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɒsi

Definition of glossy in English:

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.
1.1(Of a magazine or photograph) printed on high-quality smooth shiny paper: a 16-page glossy brochure
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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, stylish, and suggesting wealth: a glossy TV miniseries
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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, well produced;
stylish, fashionable, glamorous, sophisticated;
attractive, artistic;
British upmarket;
informal classy, ritzy, glitzy, arty

noun (plural glossies)

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1A magazine printed on glossy paper with many colour photographs: he’s been touted in some upmarket glossies as the thinking woman’s crumpet
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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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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