adjective, flash·i·er, flash·i·est.

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 formsflash·i·ly, adverbflash·i·ness, nounun·flash·y, adjective

Synonyms for flashy

2. See gaudy1.
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Examples from the Web for flashily

Historical Examples of flashily

  • He was of medium height, flashily dressed, and had a weak, dissipated-looking face.

  • Dora was gorgeously and flashily dressed and fairly scintillated with jewels.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

  • She was flashily dressed, and a handsome new fur cape was clasped about her shoulders.

    The Price of the Prairie

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • "If a salesman comes to me shabbily dressed or flashily dressed, I can't give him a fair hearing," she said.

  • Through the obscurity Rash could see only that the man was well built, flashily dressed, and that he wore a sweeping mustache.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

British Dictionary definitions for flashily


adjective flashier or flashiest

brilliant and dazzling, esp for a short time or in a superficial way
cheap and ostentatious
Derived Formsflashily, adverbflashiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flashily



"showy, cheaply attractive," 1680s, from flash + -y (2). Earlier it meant "splashing" (1580s); "sparkling, giving off flashes" (c.1600). Related: Flashily; flashiness.

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