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adjective, flash·i·er, flash·i·est.
  1. sparkling or brilliant, especially in a superficial way or for the moment: a flashy performance.
  2. ostentatiously or vulgarly smart; showy; gaudy: flashy clothes.
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Origin of flashy

First recorded in 1575–85; flash + -y1
Related formsflash·i·ly, adverbflash·i·ness, nounun·flash·y, adjective

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2. See gaudy1.
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Related Words for flashy

garish, gaudy, ostentatious, jazzy, showy, snazzy, tacky, glittery, blatant, brazen, cheap, chintzy, florid, glaring, loud, meretricious, ornate, sparkling, tasteless, tawdry

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Historical Examples of flashy

  • He was dressed in a flashy style, not unlike what is popularly denominated a swell.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • He had to have his square meal and his flashy flannel shirts.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • She was a large, flashy woman, wearing a quantity of cheap jewellery.

  • His clothes were flashy, and he "sported" several large diamonds.

  • You think you could teach that flashy sister of yours the Vanish?

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for flashy


adjective flashier or flashiest
  1. brilliant and dazzling, esp for a short time or in a superficial way
  2. cheap and ostentatious
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Derived Formsflashily, adverbflashiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flashy


"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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