glossy vs shining what difference

what is difference between glossy and shining



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): /ˈʃaɪnɪŋ/


shining (comparative more shining, superlative most shining)

  1. Emitting light.
    Synonyms: glowing, luminous; see also Thesaurus:shining
  2. Reflecting light.
    Synonyms: mirrorlike, relucent; see also Thesaurus:shiny
  3. Having a high polish or sheen.
  4. Having exceptional merit.




  1. present participle of shine


shining (plural shinings)

  1. A bright emission of light; a gleam.


  • Hsi-ning, Hsining

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