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flashy

[flash-ee] /ˈflæʃ i/
adjective, flashier, flashiest.
1.
sparkling or brilliant, especially in a superficial way or for the moment:
a flashy performance.
2.
ostentatiously or vulgarly smart; showy; gaudy:
flashy clothes.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; flash + -y1
Related forms
flashily, adverb
flashiness, noun
unflashy, adjective
Synonyms
2. See gaudy1 .
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Examples from the web for flashy
  • For-profit news outfits are too flashy for my taste.
  • With the money he bought himself a suit of cheap, flashy clothes.
  • Birds of paradise perch on an improbable branch of the avian family tree, the flashy cousins of straitlaced ravens and crows.
  • It's not until it perceives a threat that this flashy amphibian reveals its true colors.
  • It kind of packages it in a more interesting, flashy and dynamic way.
  • The digital humanities are not some flashy new theory that might go out of fashion.
  • Digital games are flashy, but board and card games offer the advantages of structured play with a lower barrier to entry.
  • Given that the richer your group, the less flashy spending you'll do, conspicuous consumption isn't a universal phenomenon.
  • It is flashy and sleek, but not much basis in reality.
  • Or perhaps they feel out of place amidst the flashy horse owners and their silk-clad jockeys.
British Dictionary definitions for flashy

flashy

/ˈflæʃɪ/
adjective flashier, flashiest
1.
brilliant and dazzling, esp for a short time or in a superficial way
2.
cheap and ostentatious
Derived Forms
flashily, adverb
flashiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flashy
adj.

"showy, cheaply attractive," 1680s, from flash + -y (2). Earlier it meant "splashing" (1580s); "sparkling, giving off flashes" (c.1600). Related: Flashily; flashiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flashy

flashy

adjective
  1. Gaudy; meretriciously showy: flashy rings/ a flashy new car (1690+) flat
  2. flat broke (1833+)
  3. Having to do with any gambling game, esp one in which money rather than prizes may be won (1940s+ Carnival)
Related Terms

granny flat, in nothing flat

[carnival sense fr earlier meaning of flats, ''playing cards,'' or fr earlier meaning ''dishonest dice'']


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