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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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  • He had removed his collar, tie, and flashy diamond pin, and was diligently wrapping the thong of a black-jack about his wrist.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Such women as he had known were of nearly one type, selfish, ignorant, flashy.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • To enhance her value as a feature in the eyes of the countrymen she wore a gorgeous crown set with cheap but flashy stones.

    Sawdust & Spangles W. C. Coup
  • She was a large, flashy woman, wearing a quantity of cheap jewellery.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • After the meeting the pastor of the Baptists, an high notionist and a flashy man, asked me what must be damned.

    George Fox George Fox
British Dictionary definitions for flashy


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 flashy

"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 flashy



  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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