To be flashy is to be showy in a tasteless way. Just like a flash of light is hard to ignore, flashy behavior draws attention.

Do you know anyone who is a show-off? That person is probably flashy. Wearing brightly colored rings is flashy. Buying a sports car is flashy. Boasting about how much money you have is flashy. Flashy behavior is the opposite of classy: it consists of showing off things in a loud, obnoxious way.

Definitions of flashy
  1. adjective
    tastelessly showy
    “a flashy ring”
    synonyms: brassy, cheap, flash, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
  2. adjective
    (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
    synonyms: gaudy, jazzy, showy, sporty
    colorful, colourful
    striking in variety and interest
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    (used especially of clothing) suggestive of modesty or reserve
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