glossy vs sheeny what difference

what is difference between glossy and sheeny



gloss +‎ -y


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɒsi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔsi/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɑsi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒsi, -ɔːsi


glossy (comparative glossier, superlative glossiest)

  1. Having a smooth, silk-like, reflective surface.


  • matte



glossy (plural glossies)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) A glossy magazine.
    The supermarket glossies are full of celebrity gossip and fad diets.
  2. (informal) A glossy photograph.
    • 2013, Stacy Zemon, The DJ Sales and Marketing Handbook
      Black and white 8- × 10-inch glossies are best, but 5- × 7-inch is okay too. Place photos on top of cardboard when mailing. Don’t tape or paper-clip because doing so can ruin the photo.
  3. (film, informal) A film depicting people with glamorous lifestyles.
    • 1959, Film Review (page 102)
      Anna Magnani has been making Hollywood glossies recently, so it was good to see her back again in a native Italian production, The Last Temptation, in which with great artistry and all her usual power she played a Nun who finds a woman’s and even a mother’s heart beating strongly beneath her ‘sister’s’ habit.
    • 1973, Films and Filming (volume 20, page 10)
      [] the first home-made guide to TV films by which is meant old films shown on the box, not those new Hollywood glossies made specially for it (though a guide there too would soon be welcome).



  • IPA(key): /ˈʃiːni/

Etymology 1

Origin unknown.

Alternative forms

  • sheeney


sheeny (plural sheenies)

  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A Jew.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      Shylock chimes with the jewbaiting that followed the hanging and quartering of the queen’s leech Lopez, his jew’s heart being plucked forth while the sheeny was yet alive.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 6:
      One time in Humboldt Park Leo “Bow” Gisensohn, our leader, didn’t like the way a cop down by the lake called him “sheeny.”
    • 2005, “Creed, OK”, Carnivàle episode 17
      Max Baer ain’t no Jew.
      Sure he is. Everybody knows that. Sheeny to the core.
    Synonyms: (not always pejorative) Yid, heeb, hymie, kike, shylock
  2. (slang) A cheat or fraudster.

Etymology 2

sheen +‎ -y


sheeny (comparative sheenier, superlative sheeniest)

  1. having a sheen; glossy
  2. Bright; shining; radiant.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Recollections of the Arabian Nights
      a sheeny summer morn


  • Heyens, Heynes

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