glossy

[glos-ee, glaw-see]

adjective, gloss·i·er, gloss·i·est.

having a shiny or lustrous surface.
having a false or deceptive appearance or air, especially of experience or sophistication; specious.

noun, plural gloss·ies.

a photograph printed on glossy paper.

Origin of glossy

First recorded in 1550–60; gloss1 + -y1
Related formsgloss·i·ly, adverbgloss·i·ness, nounnon·gloss·y, adjectiveun·gloss·y, adjective

Synonyms for glossy

Antonyms for glossy

1. dull.
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British Dictionary definitions for glossiness

glossy

adjective glossier or glossiest

smooth and shiny; lustrous
superficially attractive; plausible
(of a magazine) lavishly produced on shiny paper and usually with many colour photographs

noun plural glossies

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
Derived Formsglossily, adverbglossiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glossiness

glossy

adj.

1550s, from gloss (n.1) + -y (2). Figurative use from 1690s. The noun sense of "photograph with a glossy surface" is from 1931. Related: Glossiness.

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