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[glas-ee, glah-see] /ˈglæs i, ˈglɑ si/
adjective, glassier, glassiest.
resembling glass, as in transparency or smoothness.
expressionless; dull:
glassy eyes; a glassy stare.
of the nature of glass; vitreous.
noun, plural glassies.
Also, glassie. Marbles. a marble used as a shooter.
Origin of glassy
1350-1400; Middle English glasy. See glass, -y1
Related forms
glassily, adverb
glassiness, noun
unglassy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now was the critical time for the three hanging against the glassy wall.

    True Tales of Mountain Adventures Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
  • His eyes were half closed, and the surface of them was glassy.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The dingey lay there on the glassy surface, not a sign of life about her.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • But Istafiev was watching keenly the gleaming, glassy dome above.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • The hated whale has the round watery world to swim in, as the small gold-fish has its glassy globe.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • David Rossi had fixed his eyes on the stranger with a kind of glassy stare.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The glassy sea is here mingled with fire, a point of which no mention was made in chap.

  • An instant he quivered there, and then fell forward, glassy eyed and limp.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for glassy


adjective glassier, glassiest
resembling glass, esp in smoothness, slipperiness, or transparency
void of expression, life, or warmth: a glassy stare
Derived Forms
glassily, adverb
glassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glassy

late 14c., from glass + -y (2).

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