Something that is glossy is something that shines or is attractive. Things that are glossy reflect light, like certain types of lipstick. Glossy paper is smooth and has a shine to it, like the paper of most calendars.

The word glossy sounds a little bit like the word glassy, which is a good way to remember it. Things that are glossy sort of look like glass, meaning they have a shine to them. After your teeth are cleaned, they'll hopefully look glossy. When you print photographs, you can choose a glossy finish — that’s when the image looks shiny and smooth. In that instance, the opposite of glossy is matte, a sort of rougher finish that doesn’t reflect light.

Definitions of glossy
  1. adjective
    reflecting light
    “the horse's glossy coat”
    synonyms: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shining, shiny
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  2. adjective
    (of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers
    glossy paper”
    synonyms: calendered
    glazed, shiny
    having a shiny surface or coating
  3. adjective
    superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense
    “a glossy TV series”
    synonyms: showy
    pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm
  4. noun
    a magazine printed on good quality paper
    synonyms: slick, slick magazine
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    type of:
    mag, magazine
    a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
  5. noun
    a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper
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    type of:
    exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
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