adjective, flash·i·er, flash·i·est.

  1. sparkling or brilliant, especially in a superficial way or for the moment: a flashy performance.
  2. ostentatiously or vulgarly smart; showy; gaudy: flashy clothes.

adjective flashier or flashiest

  1. brilliant and dazzling, esp for a short time or in a superficial way
  2. cheap and ostentatious

“showy, cheaply attractive,” 1680s, from flash + -y (2). Earlier it meant “splashing” (1580s); “sparkling, giving off flashes” (c.1600). Related: Flashily; flashiness.

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