flasher

[ flash-er ]
/ ˈflæʃ ər /

noun

a person or thing that flashes.
a flashing light operated by a switching device that automatically turns it on and off alternately.
a signal light on an automotive vehicle that can be made to flash, as to indicate the intention of making a turn or to call attention to a vehicle that has slowed or stopped in a hazardous place.Compare turn signal.
the switching device that operates such a light.
Slang. a person, especially a man, who exposes the genitals suddenly, and usually briefly, in public.

Origin of flasher

First recorded in 1605–15; flash + -er1

Definition for flasher (2 of 2)

Origin of flash

1350–1400; Middle English flasshen to sprinkle, splash, earlier flask(i)en; probably phonesthemic in orig.; compare similar expressive words with fl- and -sh
SYNONYMS FOR flash
18 scintillate. Flash, glance, glint, glitter mean to send forth a sudden gleam (or gleams) of bright light. To flash is to send forth light with a sudden, transient brilliancy: A shooting star flashed briefly. To glance is to emit a brilliant flash of light as a reflection from a smooth surface: Sunlight glanced from the glass windshield. Glint suggests a hard bright gleam of reflected light, as from something polished or burnished: Light glints from silver or from burnished copper. To glitter is to reflect intermittent flashes of light from a hard surface: Ice glitters in the moonlight.
40 flashy, gaudy, tawdry; pretentious, superficial.
42 false, fake.
Related formsflash·ing·ly, adverbout·flash, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for flasher (1 of 2)

flasher

/ (ˈflæʃə) /

noun

something that flashes, such as a direction indicator on a vehicle
British slang a person who indecently exposes himself

British Dictionary definitions for flasher (2 of 2)

flash

/ (flæʃ) /

noun


adjective

verb

Word Origin for flash

C14 (in the sense: to rush, as of water): of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with flasher

flash

In addition to the idiom beginning with flash

  • flash in the pan

also see:

  • in a flash
  • quick as a wink (flash)

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