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

adj reflecting light

“the horse's glossy coat”
glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shining, shiny
emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts

adj (of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers

glossy paper”
glazed, shiny
having a shiny surface or coating

adj superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense

“a glossy TV series”
pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

n a magazine printed on good quality paper

slick, slick magazine
Type of:
mag, magazine
a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it

n a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper

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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