Definition of glossy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡläsē/ /ˈɡlɑsi/ /ˈɡlôsē/ /ˈɡlɔsi/

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adjectiveglossier, glossiest

  • 1Shiny and smooth.

    ‘thick, glossy, manageable hair’
    • ‘I'm not beautiful, I don't have silky smooth, glossy hair and stick thin legs.’
    • ‘The result is permanent pin straight hair with super glossy shine.’
    • ‘He was sitting with his legs up on the seat in front of him with the sun shining on his glossy chestnut brown hair.’
    • ‘You'll also need an anti-humectant styling product with silicone to lock in your style and make hair smooth and glossy.’
    • ‘Then she takes a breath and smoothes down her glossy, dark hair.’
    • ‘Her glossy black hair shone in the afternoon sun, and her green eyes burned just as ferociously.’
    • ‘She pulled the black scrunchie out of her long glossy red-gold hair, the silky strands having been confined in a simple low, sleek ponytail.’
    • ‘He had big hands on long arms, and his hair was glossy black, gathered in a ponytail, and he looked dangerous.’
    • ‘Her hair was a glossy black and her eyes were of a pale blue.’
    • ‘They produce attractive leathery glossy leaves which, depending on species and variety, add colour in winter.’
    • ‘This attractive, glossy red apple has some resistance to diseases such as apple scab, cedar apple rust, and fire blight.’
    • ‘The crystal pieces are contemporary in style and stylishly presented in glossy white boxes with a turquoise silk ribbon.’
    • ‘Laurel makes an attractive alternative with its large, glossy light-reflecting leaves and wide capacity.’
    • ‘His hair was a glossy raven black, attractively messy in a way that suggested more time had been spent on it than one would first think.’
    • ‘The leaves may be taking time to change and fall this autumn, but berries are in abundance and attracting birds to their glossy skins and bright colours.’
    • ‘She was a tall woman, slim and delicate, with a wealth of glossy raven hair.’
    • ‘I stared into the glossy surface of the orb, looking at my reflection.’
    • ‘The pointer was already spelling something else, moving eerily across the glossy surface.’
    • ‘A small green leafed fern sprawled across the opposite corner of the glossy surface.’
    shiny, shining, gleaming, lustrous, bright, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, glistening, sleek, silky, silken, satiny, sheeny, smooth, glassy
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    1. 1.1(of a magazine or photograph) printed on high-quality smooth shiny paper.
      ‘a 16-page glossy brochure’
      • ‘Except for the occasional story he got in a glossy magazine, the photographs could be re-sized on a color copier without impacting their usefulness.’
      • ‘An educated guess would be that the pictures are, indeed, touched up and air-brushed because most photographs in glossy magazines are.’
      • ‘Even glossy magazines can be printed on recycled stock now.’
      • ‘The photos above it are my own, printed on my home computer/printer on glossy photo paper.’
      • ‘In fact security would be so tight that they would probably all be refused entry, bar the photographer from a glossy magazine.’
      • ‘Selected frames were printed on high quality, glossy photographic paper.’
      • ‘The orchid is their darling, the perfect flower for the perfect home as displayed in photographic spreads in glossy magazines all over the world.’
      • ‘Printed on glossy paper and lavishly illustrated with photographs and artists' drawings, it cost no less than 50 shillings when published.’
      • ‘The house's beautiful interior was photographed earlier this year for a glossy magazine.’
      • ‘She pulled out a set of large scale, glossy photographs and a clean sheet of letter paper.’
      • ‘The pair are believed to have turned down a £1.5m offer for the rights to the wedding photos from a glossy magazine.’
      • ‘You've heard of the magalogue - the glossy magazine as shopping catalogue.’
      • ‘The paper is glossy, with high-quality reproduction of photographs.’
      • ‘This is the sort of thick paper, nicely printed glossy lifestyle magazine that looks nice on your coffee table.’
      • ‘All these consultants and their public consultations will end up producing shelves and shelves of glossy documents with artist's impressions etc and result in not one single brick being laid.’
      • ‘He doesn't even go near the pavement booksellers, however attractive their display of paperbacks in glossy covers looked.’
      • ‘Many of them will have bought a glossy guidebook detailing the history, attractions, hotels and nightlife on offer at the resort.’
      • ‘However, if the end result is going to be a very glossy coffee table book they may shoot in 5x4 inches or even 10x8 inches.’
      • ‘It is a glossy, expensive 22 page long document, liberally illustrated with colour photographs.’
      • ‘In between times, she continued to paint and write articles for many glossy coffee table publications.’
  • 2Superficially attractive and stylish, and suggesting wealth or expense.

    ‘glossy TV miniseries and soaps’
    • ‘They prefer to market the classics on a more glossy superficial level; the profound conductor and seriously dutiful players are a thing of the past.’
    • ‘The company has set out to prove once again that it can not only compete with Hollywood at their own game, but create glossy miniseries that feel like feature films.’
    • ‘More than any other medium, our perception of architecture is increasingly mediated through renders, walkthroughs and glossy artist's impressions.’
    • ‘Only then do they step into the glossy silver shops for expensive varieties.’
    • ‘An expensive box with glossy graphics will not increase your sales.’
    • ‘The film unfolds in this stupefying, glossy fashion until it gradually finds a pulse.’
    • ‘In just a few months a small number of campaigners fought against the expensive and glossy propaganda pushed out by the privateers.’
    • ‘Better suited to countries where the sky is blue from May to September, they look glossy and glamorous on holiday but out of place back in Blighty.’
    • ‘Those roads have attractions of their own but they're too urbanised, glossy, and over-rated for us.’
    • ‘So the sets look glamorous and glossy, yet the lighting creates startling contrasts between light and shadow.’
    expensive, high-quality, well produced
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  • 1informal A magazine printed on glossy paper, containing many color photographs and typically devoted to fashion, beauty, celebrities, etc.

    • ‘I cared much too much about getting my picture in the glossies’
    • ‘The media's preoccupation with body size runs the gamut from teen magazines to tabloids, the glossies and, yes, even broadsheets which should know better.’
    • ‘Most jazz magazines are only slightly more readable than airline glossies, and serve roughly the same purpose.’
    • ‘Adults have celebrity mags and glossies, but kids don't care about big names.’
    • ‘Usually I'll stand in a newsagents and stare at the assorted glossies for ages without ever seeing a single copy of anything I actually want to buy.’
    • ‘It was genuinely a really good, fresh take on the glossies.’
    • ‘Printing 22,000 copies in Hindi and 15,000 in Urdu, one of the oldest glossies in India might have finally come of age.’
    • ‘And the bi-annual circulation figures published last week show that the top eight women's glossies are all shedding readers.’
    • ‘In an attempt to emulate them, millions of people follow this eating fad and that, switching diets as often as the glossies demand.’
    • ‘Still, having people from all the glossies and a fair few TV types wanting to come to the party is cool.’
    • ‘When DJ superstars started to invite the glossies round to photograph their homes it became apparent that the cash was beginning to matter more than the music.’
    • ‘Happily we live in a climate where such things are not merely visions glimpsed in the pages of Testino photo-shoots that appear in the fashion glossies.’
    • ‘Empty takeaway boxes littered the floor alongside discarded empties and the occasional glossy.’
    • ‘But the women who gleam from the pages of the glossies set up unrealistic and hard-to-sustain goals.’
    • ‘We should be comforted by the fact that very few women actually look like the models spread across the glossies, because even the models themselves don't really look like that.’
    • ‘He finally leaves and I start thumbing through the glossies.’
    • ‘Just like the glossies in which his celebrities appeared, his self-portraits are camouflaged, all blemishes and defects removed.’
    • ‘Airlines have stuffed seatbacks with in-flight glossies for decades, offering articles and news relevant to their routes.’
    • ‘The 100-page glossy will retail for £3.95 each month and has an initial print run of 20,000.’
    1. 1.1A photograph printed on glossy paper.
      • ‘She was as motionless as her famous photo glossies, as still as the models at the Wax Museum just down the street.’
      • ‘He slid the color glossy across the black lacquer top to her.’
      • ‘They each ordered a 10x12 glossy, with protective covering and backing for a frame.’
      • ‘‘There's two photos!’ exclaimed Charlie, gingerly sliding out the large glossies.’
      • ‘The salespeople look like they've stepped out of 8-by-10-inch glossies, but they're friendly.’
      • ‘Twice that and you'll get wonderful 8x10-inch glossies, suitable for framing.’
      • ‘It was a waterfall of black-and-white glossies.’
      • ‘Some open with 8X10 glossies of the reporters in addition to the aforementioned letters.’
      • ‘He didn't have an explanation for the smell but he did show Adam his collection of autographed glossies of old wrestlers.’
      • ‘High-resolution photo papers in glossy and matte finishes transform family photos into enduring memories.’
      • ‘Here she's gridded out around 564 color glossies (all portrait shots) into a long, narrow photo-mosaic.’
      • ‘They cranked out a bunch of 8x10 glossies that, frankly, surprised me with their quality.’
      • ‘My new 8 x 10 glossies came in the mail, and my father was peering at them over my shoulder.’