Synonyms of flash in English:


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1‘a torch flashed’

light up, shine, flare, blaze, glare, beam, gleam, glint, sparkle, spark, burn, fluoresce
blink, wink, flicker, shimmer, twinkle, glimmer, glisten, scintillate
literary glister, coruscate, fulgurate, effulge

2‘the computer flashed the result on the scoreboard’

display, show, present, set forth, unveil

3‘he was flashing all this money about in the pub’

show off, flaunt, flourish, display, exhibit, parade, brag about, exult in

4‘he opened his coat and flashed at me’

expose oneself, display one's genitals, reveal one's genitals, show one's genitals, commit indecent exposure

5‘racing cars flashed past’

zoom, streak, tear, shoot, dash, dart, fly, whistle, hurtle, rush, hurry, bolt, race, bound, speed, career, charge, hare, whizz, whoosh, buzz
informal scoot, skedaddle, belt, zap, zip, scorch
British informal bomb, bucket, burn rubber, go like the clappers
North American informal barrel, lay rubber


1‘a flash of light’

flare, blaze, burst, glare, pulse, blast
gleam, glint, sparkle, flicker, shimmer, twinkle, glimmer
beam, shaft, ray, streak, bar, finger, stream

2‘a basic uniform with no flashes’

emblem, insignia, badge, marking
patch, bright patch, streak, stripe, bar, chevron

3‘a sudden flash of inspiration’

burst, outbreak, outburst, wave, rush, surge, stab, flush, blaze
sudden show, brief display, brief exhibition


1‘a flash sports car’

ostentatious, showy, bold, flamboyant, conspicuous, obtrusive, extravagant, expensive, pretentious
vulgar, tasteless, in bad taste, in poor taste, tawdry, brash, lurid, garish, loud, gaudy, crude, trashy
informal flashy, snazzy, nifty, fancy, bling, swanky, jazzy, glitzy, ritzy, tacky, fancy-pants, naff, kitsch, Brummagem

understated, tasteful


    in a flash

    ‘it was all over in a flash’

    instantly, suddenly, abruptly, immediately, instantaneously, all of a sudden
    quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily, without delay
    in an instant, in a moment, in a second, in a split second, in a minute, in a trice, like a shot, straight away, in a wink, in the blink of an eye, in the twinkling of an eye, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you know it, on the double, at the speed of light, like an arrow from a bow
    informal in a jiffy, before you can say Jack Robinson, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q., pretty damn quick, like lightning, like greased lightning, at warp speed

    eventually, slowly