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glossy

[glos-ee, glaw-see] /ˈglɒs i, ˈglɔ si/
adjective, glossier, glossiest.
1.
having a shiny or lustrous surface.
2.
having a false or deceptive appearance or air, especially of experience or sophistication; specious.
noun, plural glossies.
3.
slick1 (def 9).
4.
a photograph printed on glossy paper.
Origin of glossy
1550-1560
1550-60; gloss1 + -y1
Related forms
glossily, adverb
glossiness, noun
nonglossy, adjective
unglossy, adjective
Synonyms
1. shining, polished, glazed.
Antonyms
1. dull.
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Examples from the Web for glossiness
Historical Examples
  • This does not injure the glossiness of the fur, which is apt to be affected when the skin is immersed.

  • Her hair had all the warmth and glossiness of that of a healthy girl of eighteen.

    Materialized Apparitions Edward Augustus Brackett
  • Frequently there is slight edema of the ankles associated with a glossiness of the extensor surfaces of the legs.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • It not only serves to maintain flesh, but it is favorable to glossiness in the coat.

  • The skin was clean and shone with the glossiness of much soap.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • It is in the neatness of his 'shave' and the glossiness of his rich black cue that the Chinese dandy is distinguishable.

  • The cut of his coat, the glossiness of his hat and boots, too, were all strikingly reminiscent of the dead man.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It is also conducive to glossiness of coat and healthiness of skin, but unless used sparingly affects the wind.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • Their beautiful black hair owes its glossiness almost entirely to the use of candle tallow.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • A few drops in the bath will remove all offensive perspiration and glossiness (if the skin is oily).

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
British Dictionary definitions for glossiness

glossy

/ˈɡlɒsɪ/
adjective glossier, glossiest
1.
smooth and shiny; lustrous
2.
superficially attractive; plausible
3.
(of a magazine) lavishly produced on shiny paper and usually with many colour photographs
noun (pl) glossies
4.
Also called (US) slick. an expensively produced magazine, typically a sophisticated fashion or glamour magazine, printed on shiny paper and containing high quality colour photography Compare pulp (sense 3)
5.
a photograph printed on paper that has a smooth shiny surface
Derived Forms
glossily, adverb
glossiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for glossiness

glossy

adj.

1550s, from gloss (n.1) + -y (2). Figurative use from 1690s. The noun sense of "photograph with a glossy surface" is from 1931. Related: Glossiness.

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

glossy

noun

  1. A magazine printed on shiny coated paper; a high-quality magazine; slick: female editors of the powerful ''glossies''/ start their own glossies in three very different cities (1940s+)
  2. A photograph printed on shiny paper (1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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