- having a shiny or lustrous surface.
- having a false or deceptive appearance or air, especially of experience or sophistication; specious.
- slick1(def 9).
- a photograph printed on glossy paper.
Origin of glossy
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1. shining, polished, glazed.
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Examples from the Web for glossiness
The skin was clean and shone with the glossiness of much soap.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
Her hair had all the warmth and glossiness of that of a healthy girl of eighteen.Materialized Apparitions
Edward Augustus Brackett
It not only serves to maintain flesh, but it is favorable to glossiness in the coat.Clovers and How to Grow Them
It is in the neatness of his 'shave' and the glossiness of his rich black cue that the Chinese dandy is distinguishable.
It is also conducive to glossiness of coat and healthiness of skin, but unless used sparingly affects the wind.Riding and Driving
Edward L. Anderson
- smooth and shiny; lustrous
- superficially attractive; plausible
- (of a magazine) lavishly produced on shiny paper and usually with many colour photographs
- Also called (US): slick an expensively produced magazine, typically a sophisticated fashion or glamour magazine, printed on shiny paper and containing high quality colour photographyCompare pulp (def. 3)
- a photograph printed on paper that has a smooth shiny surface
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Word Origin and History for glossiness
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