- having a shiny or lustrous surface.
- having a false or deceptive appearance or air, especially of experience or sophistication; specious.
- slick1(def 9).
- a photograph printed on glossy paper.
Origin of glossy
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1. shining, polished, glazed.
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Examples from the Web for glossy
Within the baseball world, the glossy view of Palmer--his public image--is seen as a sort of strange joke.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Trierweiler, a journalist for the glossy weekly Paris Match, was hospitalized for a week, ostensibly under the strain of events.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All
September 3, 2014
And the hot fudge is some of the best anywhere – thick and glossy black, just minimally sweet.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
Forget the ever-growing bald spot—the glossy provided William with a nice, fuller head of hair.Gisele Bundchen Is Worth $128k a Day; Prince William Gets the Photoshop Treatment
The Fashion Beast Team
July 15, 2014
He pulled an 8x10 glossy out of his shorts, declared, “This is the real me!”The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career
April 13, 2014
She had a ribbon in her long, glossy hair, and her face shone pleasantly with soap.In the Valley
She had exquisite teeth, and her head was covered with thick, glossy hair.My Double Life
Grip soon recovered his looks, and became as glossy and sleek as ever.Barnaby Rudge
The American slapped his glossy boot with his whip, lowered his voice, and said, "There!"The Eternal City
The Marquise spoke to him kindly, and she stooped to pat the dog's glossy head.St. Martin's Summer
- smooth and shiny; lustrous
- superficially attractive; plausible
- (of a magazine) lavishly produced on shiny paper and usually with many colour photographs
- 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
Word Origin and History for glossy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper