Adjective "glossy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Shiny and smooth.
  1. 'Then she takes a breath and smoothes down her glossy, dark hair.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'He had big hands on long arms, and his hair was glossy black, gathered in a ponytail, and he looked dangerous.'
  4. 'She was a tall woman, slim and delicate, with a wealth of glossy raven hair.'
  5. 'The crystal pieces are contemporary in style and stylishly presented in glossy white boxes with a turquoise silk ribbon.'
  6. 'Her glossy black hair shone in the afternoon sun, and her green eyes burned just as ferociously.'
  7. 'You'll also need an anti-humectant styling product with silicone to lock in your style and make hair smooth and glossy.'
  8. 'The pointer was already spelling something else, moving eerily across the glossy surface.'
  9. 'A small green leafed fern sprawled across the opposite corner of the glossy surface.'
  10. 'Her hair was a glossy black and her eyes were of a pale blue.'
  11. 'The paper is glossy, with high-quality reproduction of photographs.'
  12. 'Even glossy magazines can be printed on recycled stock now.'
  13. 'The photos above it are my own, printed on my home computer/printer on glossy photo paper.'
  14. 'The pair are believed to have turned down a £1.5m offer for the rights to the wedding photos from a glossy magazine.'
  15. 'She pulled out a set of large scale, glossy photographs and a clean sheet of letter paper.'
  16. 'Selected frames were printed on high quality, glossy photographic paper.'
  17. 'He doesn't even go near the pavement booksellers, however attractive their display of paperbacks in glossy covers looked.'
  18. 'In fact security would be so tight that they would probably all be refused entry, bar the photographer from a glossy magazine.'
  19. 'Many of them will have bought a glossy guidebook detailing the history, attractions, hotels and nightlife on offer at the resort.'
  20. 'It is a glossy, expensive 22 page long document, liberally illustrated with colour photographs.'
Superficially attractive, stylish, and suggesting wealth.
  1. 'An expensive box with glossy graphics will not increase your sales.'
  2. 'So the sets look glamorous and glossy, yet the lighting creates startling contrasts between light and shadow.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'In just a few months a small number of campaigners fought against the expensive and glossy propaganda pushed out by the privateers.'
  5. 'More than any other medium, our perception of architecture is increasingly mediated through renders, walkthroughs and glossy artist's impressions.'


A magazine printed on glossy paper, containing many colour photographs and typically devoted to fashion, beauty, celebrities, etc.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Printing 22,000 copies in Hindi and 15,000 in Urdu, one of the oldest glossies in India might have finally come of age.'
  3. 'Just like the glossies in which his celebrities appeared, his self-portraits are camouflaged, all blemishes and defects removed.'
  4. 'Most jazz magazines are only slightly more readable than airline glossies, and serve roughly the same purpose.'
  5. 'In an attempt to emulate them, millions of people follow this eating fad and that, switching diets as often as the glossies demand.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'And the bi-annual circulation figures published last week show that the top eight women's glossies are all shedding readers.'
  8. 'He finally leaves and I start thumbing through the glossies.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Here she's gridded out around 564 color glossies (all portrait shots) into a long, narrow photo-mosaic.'
  11. '‘There's two photos!’ exclaimed Charlie, gingerly sliding out the large glossies.'
  12. 'He didn't have an explanation for the smell but he did show Adam his collection of autographed glossies of old wrestlers.'
  13. 'Some open with 8X10 glossies of the reporters in addition to the aforementioned letters.'
  14. 'He slid the color glossy across the black lacquer top to her.'
  15. 'She was as motionless as her famous photo glossies, as still as the models at the Wax Museum just down the street.'
  16. 'It was a waterfall of black-and-white glossies.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"smiles can be glossy as leathers."

"moustaches can be glossy with colognes."

"dishes can be glossy as discs."

"magazines can be glossy."

"brochures can be glossy."

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