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



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Origin of glossy

First recorded in 1550–60; gloss1 + -y1


gloss·i·ly, adverbgloss·i·ness, nounnon·gloss·y, adjectiveun·gloss·y, adjective
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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 forms of glossy

glossily, adverbglossiness, noun
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