[ glos-ee, glaw-see ]
/ ˈglɒs i, ˈglɔ si /

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.

Nearby words

  1. glossoplasty,
  2. glossorrhaphy,
  3. glossospasm,
  4. glossotomy,
  5. glossotrichia,
  6. glossy snake,
  7. glottal,
  8. glottal stop,
  9. glottalic airstream,
  10. glottalize

Origin of glossy

First recorded in 1550–60; gloss1 + -y1

Related formsgloss·i·ly, adverbgloss·i·ness, nounnon·gloss·y, adjectiveun·gloss·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glossy


/ (ˈɡlɒsɪ) /

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 glossy



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper