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adjective, glitz·i·er, glitz·i·est. Slang.
  1. pretentiously or tastelessly showy: a glitzy gown.

Origin of glitzy

First recorded in 1965–70; see origin at glitz, -y1
Related formsglitz·i·ness, noun
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adjective glitzier or glitziest
  1. slang showily attractive; flashy or glittery

Word Origin

C20: originally US, probably via Yiddish from German glitzern to glitter
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Word Origin and History for glitzy


1966, from Yiddish glitz "glitter," from German glitzern "sparkle" (see glitter).

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