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[flash-ee] /ˈflæʃ i/
adjective, flashier, flashiest.
sparkling or brilliant, especially in a superficial way or for the moment:
a flashy performance.
ostentatiously or vulgarly smart; showy; gaudy:
flashy clothes.
Origin of flashy
First recorded in 1575-85; flash + -y1
Related forms
flashily, adverb
flashiness, noun
unflashy, adjective
2. See gaudy1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flashily
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  • I would advise you not to buy a flashily colored glass, for it will dazzle your eyes on sunshiny days.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • "If a salesman comes to me shabbily dressed or flashily dressed, I can't give him a fair hearing," she said.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
  • A flashily dressed young man, smoking a cigarette, was driving it, and three girls were sitting in the tonneau.

    Bert Wilson at the Wheel J. W. Duffield
  • Toots was found vigorously punishing a flashily dressed negro.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • By his side sat a youth of about his own age, flashily dressed, with a general air of cheap smartness about him.

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

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • At the corner of a five story apartment building a dozen or more of flashily dressed youths stood staring upward.

    Whispers at Dawn Roy J. Snell
  • He was of medium height, flashily dressed, and had a weak, dissipated-looking face.

  • When they were behind the scenes, a short, flashily attired man advanced to meet Roberta and the usher departed.

    Bobs, a Girl Detective Grace May North
  • The flashily dressed Hebrew with the cigar still in his mouth was again by the stairway entrance.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for flashily


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flashily



  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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