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[glit-see] /ˈglɪt si/
adjective, glitzier, glitziest. Slang.
pretentiously or tastelessly showy:
a glitzy gown.
Origin of glitzy
1965-70; see glitz, -y1
Related forms
glitziness, noun Unabridged
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  • While this is all a polite and glitzy gesture, many see it as a way of covering up problems that plague the city.
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  • The government is trying to change that, with glitzy advertising campaigns and scholarship programmes.
  • Not to sound rude, but you really need to test this software before you start marketing it with glitzy ad campaigns.
  • The hub of the interior of the ship is the main lobby, a soaring, glitzy space that's home to live music daily.
  • The stark nine-story brick exterior does little to prepare arrivals for the glitzy marble-and-chandelier interiors.
  • Palm trees and pools, glitzy shopping and nightlife by the sea shape our fantasies.
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  • It's going to take the feds to come out with glitzy evidence-based stuff.
British Dictionary definitions for glitzy


adjective glitzier, glitziest
(slang) showily attractive; flashy or glittery
Word Origin
C20: originally US, probably via Yiddish from German glitzern to glitter
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Word Origin and History for glitzy

1966, from Yiddish glitz "glitter," from German glitzern "sparkle" (see glitter).

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Slang definitions & phrases for glitzy



Blatantly scintillant; flashy; gaudy: and a glitzy sister who has backed into degeneracy

[1966+; fr German or Yiddish glitzern, ''glitter, glisten'']

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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