[ glos-ee, glaw-see ]
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adjective,gloss·i·er, gloss·i·est.
  1. having a shiny or lustrous surface.

  2. having a false or deceptive appearance or air, especially of experience or sophistication; specious.

noun,plural gloss·ies.
  1. a photograph printed on glossy paper.

Origin of glossy

First recorded in 1550–60; gloss1 + -y1

Other words for glossy

Opposites for glossy

Other words from glossy

  • gloss·i·ly, adverb
  • gloss·i·ness, noun
  • non·gloss·y, adjective
  • un·gloss·y, adjective

Words Nearby glossy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use glossy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for glossy


/ (ˈɡlɒsɪ) /

adjectiveglossier or glossiest
  1. smooth and shiny; lustrous

  2. superficially attractive; plausible

  1. (of a magazine) lavishly produced on shiny paper and usually with many colour photographs

nounplural glossies
  1. Also called (US): slick an expensively produced magazine, typically a sophisticated fashion or glamour magazine, printed on shiny paper and containing high quality colour photography: Compare pulp (def. 3)

  2. a photograph printed on paper that has a smooth shiny surface

Derived forms of glossy

  • glossily, adverb
  • glossiness, noun

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