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flashy

[flash-ee] /ˈflæʃ i/
adjective, flashier, flashiest.
1.
sparkling or brilliant, especially in a superficial way or for the moment:
a flashy performance.
2.
ostentatiously or vulgarly smart; showy; gaudy:
flashy clothes.
Origin of flashy
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; flash + -y1
Related forms
flashily, adverb
flashiness, noun
unflashy, adjective
Synonyms
2. See gaudy1 .
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  • The girl was flashily dressed—or over-dressed—in the latest style.

  • "If a salesman comes to me shabbily dressed or flashily dressed, I can't give him a fair hearing," she said.

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  • A flashily dressed young man, smoking a cigarette, was driving it, and three girls were sitting in the tonneau.

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  • Through the obscurity Rash could see only that the man was well built, flashily dressed, and that he wore a sweeping mustache.

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  • Toots was found vigorously punishing a flashily dressed negro.

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  • The tall, flashily good-looking man at his elbow straightened up and looked at him with a doubtful expression in his eyes.

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  • There were the flashily dressed crooks, whose work was the haunt of sidewalk, and trains, and the surface cars.

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  • He was a flashily dressed youth who insisted upon another drink—and another—at my expense.

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  • He was of medium height, flashily dressed, and had a weak, dissipated-looking face.

  • The flashily dressed Hebrew with the cigar still in his mouth was again by the stairway entrance.

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British Dictionary definitions for flashily

flashy

/ˈflæʃɪ/
adjective flashier, flashiest
1.
brilliant and dazzling, esp for a short time or in a superficial way
2.
cheap and ostentatious
Derived Forms
flashily, adverb
flashiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flashily

flashy

adj.

"showy, cheaply attractive," 1680s, from flash + -y (2). Earlier it meant "splashing" (1580s); "sparkling, giving off flashes" (c.1600). Related: Flashily; flashiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flashily

flashy

adjective

  1. Gaudy; meretriciously showy: flashy rings/ a flashy new car (1690+) flat
  2. flat broke (1833+)
  3. Having to do with any gambling game, esp one in which money rather than prizes may be won (1940s+ Carnival)

Related Terms

granny flat, in nothing flat

[carnival sense fr earlier meaning of flats, ''playing cards,'' or fr earlier meaning ''dishonest dice'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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