having a shiny or lustrous surface.
having a false or deceptive appearance or air, especially of experience or sophistication; specious.
a photograph printed on glossy paper.
- gloss·i·ly, adverb
- gloss·i·ness, noun
- non·gloss·y, adjective
- un·gloss·y, adjective
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How to use glossy in a sentence
The simply titled “garden vegetables” pack in glossy shishito peppers, soft-crisp daikon and pickled beech mushrooms lit up with turmeric, a combination that plays well with thin and tensile green tea soba.Shibuya Eatery lives up to its name, bringing Tokyo street food to Adams Morgan | Tom Sietsema | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
If you’re looking to put a little effort into your rice, say no more — this one literally glitters with dried fruit, glossy, caramelized onion and crisp, saffron-dyed rice.
The glossy hardtail frame and 6 speeds encourage aggressive riding, and at the 1200 suspension fork handles bumpy rides with ease.
To the credit of Jones and the filmmakers, they don’t offer a glossy story of opening hearts and changing minds—instead they provide a helpful model of how awkward and incremental these conversations can be.
Snow-smothered twiggy branches in winter, glossy apples in September at my uncle’s house, packed in backpacks for granite hikes, an unanswered dash in a quiet graveyard in the Catskills.
Within the baseball world, the glossy view of Palmer--his public image--is seen as a sort of strange joke.
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 | Tracy McNicoll | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And the hot fudge is some of the best anywhere – thick and glossy black, just minimally sweet.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
But there are worse glossy cartoons, and worse TV ensembles to spend thirty late-night minutes with.Thank You for Being a Friend: Why TV Re-runs Never Grow Old | Tim Teeman | May 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a beautiful sight, those rows of small trees with their large, glossy leaves, shut in by woods of a larger growth.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
But as he turned toward the door she caught a glimpse of a glossy black mustache, and two beady black eyes.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
The string is black and glossy as the tresses that fall in tangled skeins on the shoulders of the dreamy beauties of Tuscany.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
Many of the horses were sleek, glossy, and fine-limbed, like racers; others were strong-boned and rough.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Sure enough, it has five strings; the middle one stands higher than the rest and is of glossy blackness.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
British Dictionary definitions for glossy
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 photography: Compare pulp (def. 3)
a photograph printed on paper that has a smooth shiny surface
- glossily, adverb
- glossiness, noun
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