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[glas-ee, glah-see] /ˈglæs i, ˈglɑ si/
adjective, glassier, glassiest.
resembling glass, as in transparency or smoothness.
expressionless; dull:
glassy eyes; a glassy stare.
of the nature of glass; vitreous.
noun, plural glassies.
Also, glassie. Marbles. a marble used as a shooter.
Origin of glassy
First recorded in 1350-1400, glassy is from the Middle English word glasy. See glass, -y1
Related forms
glassily, adverb
glassiness, noun
unglassy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Wentworth gazed in front of him with glassy eyes for a moment, but did not answer.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • As far as they could see there was no algae in sight, the water was one glassy blue.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • His eyes were half closed, and the surface of them was glassy.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The glassy eyes, wide open, seemed to exercise a spell over him.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • But Istafiev was watching keenly the gleaming, glassy dome above.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • David Rossi had fixed his eyes on the stranger with a kind of glassy stare.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • He lay on his back and stared up at me, and his eyes had a glassy stare.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • An instant he quivered there, and then fell forward, glassy eyed and limp.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for glassy


adjective glassier, glassiest
resembling glass, esp in smoothness, slipperiness, or transparency
void of expression, life, or warmth: a glassy stare
Derived Forms
glassily, adverb
glassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glassy

late 14c., from glass + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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