glossless

gloss

1 [glos, glaws]
noun
1.
a superficial luster or shine; glaze: the gloss of satin.
2.
a false or deceptively good appearance.
3.
Also, glosser. a cosmetic that adds sheen or luster, especially one for the lips.
verb (used with object)
4.
to put a gloss upon.
5.
to give a false or deceptively good appearance to: to gloss over flaws in the woodwork.

Origin:
1530–40; probably akin to Dutch gloos glowing, Middle High German glosen to glow, shine, Swedish dialect glysa to shine

glossless, adjective


1. See polish. 2. front, pretense.
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gloss1 (ɡlɒs)
 
n
1.  a.  lustre or sheen, as of a smooth surface
 b.  (as modifier): gloss paint
2.  a superficially attractive appearance
3.  See gloss paint
4.  a cosmetic preparation applied to the skin to give it a faint sheen: lip gloss
 
vb
5.  to give a gloss to or obtain a gloss
 
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic glossi flame, Middle High German glosen to glow]
 
'glosser1
 
n
 
'glossless1
 
adj

gloss2 (ɡlɒs)
 
n
1.  a short or expanded explanation or interpretation of a word, expression, or foreign phrase in the margin or text of a manuscript, etc
2.  an intentionally misleading explanation or interpretation
3.  short for glossary
 
vb
4.  to add glosses to
 
[C16: from Latin glōssa unusual word requiring explanatory note, from Ionic Greek]
 
'glosser2
 
n
 
'glossingly2
 
adv

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gloss
"luster," 1538, from Scand. (cf. Icelandic glossi "flame," related to glossa "to flame"), or obsolete Du. gloos "a glowing," from M.H.G. glos.

gloss
"word inserted as an explanation," 1548, gloze, from L. glossa "obsolete or foreign word," from Gk. glossa (Ionic), glotta (Attic) "obscure word, language," lit. "tongue." Extended sense of "explain away" is 1638, from idea of a note inserted in the margin of a text to explain a difficult word.
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