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[flaw-see, flos-ee] /ˈflɔ si, ˈflɒs i/
adjective, flossier, flossiest.
made of or resembling floss; downy.
showily stylish; excessively ornamented or fancy.
Origin of flossy
1830-40; floss + -y1
Related forms
flossily, adverb
flossiness, noun
unflossy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flossy
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  • I don't see why it doesn't mean that flossy and her husband must come down off their pedestal and begin over again?

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
  • He must have thick, flossy hair like Mimi, so that I can stroke him.

  • flossy thought the wise ones unkind not to be willing to share with the foolish.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • flossy, dear flossy, this is such a difference as even you cannot appreciate!

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She used to come to flossy's boudoir and sit there, crying and entreating that she might be allowed to tell the General the truth.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • flossy, dear, could you give me a little wholesome advice, do you think?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • There had been a fourth, flossy's second baby, also a girl, who had only lived one day.

  • She was evidently addressing Mr. Roberts, but she looked at flossy.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • His name is flossy, and he's old enough to leave his mother now; so we are to have him at home.

    Bessie in the City Joanna Mathews
  • Could anybody under heaven be noble with such a name as flossy?

British Dictionary definitions for flossy


adjective flossier, flossiest
consisting of or resembling floss
(US & Canadian, slang) (esp of dress) showy
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Word Origin and History for flossy

"resembling floss," 1839, from floss + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flossy



Fancy; frilly; highfalutin: It may be highly important to know a flossy name for the boss (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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