[glas-ee, glah-see]

adjective, glass·i·er, glass·i·est.

resembling glass, as in transparency or smoothness.
expressionless; dull: glassy eyes; a glassy stare.
of the nature of glass; vitreous.

noun, plural glass·ies.

Also glassie. Marbles. a marble used as a shooter.

Origin of glassy

First recorded in 1350–1400, glassy is from the Middle English word glasy. See glass, -y1
Related formsglass·i·ly, adverbglass·i·ness, nounun·glass·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glassy

Contemporary Examples of glassy

Historical Examples of glassy

  • Wentworth gazed in front of him with glassy eyes for a moment, but did not answer.

  • As far as they could see there was no algae in sight, the water was one glassy blue.

  • His eyes were half closed, and the surface of them was glassy.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The glassy eyes, wide open, seemed to exercise a spell over him.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • But Istafiev was watching keenly the gleaming, glassy dome above.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

British Dictionary definitions for glassy


adjective glassier or glassiest

resembling glass, esp in smoothness, slipperiness, or transparency
void of expression, life, or warmtha glassy stare
Derived Formsglassily, adverbglassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glassy

late 14c., from glass + -y (2).

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