Definition of glitzy in English:



  • Attractive in a showy and often superficial way.

    ‘glitzy hotel restaurants’
    • ‘Optical showrooms have turned snazzy, and their interiors and exteriors glitzy.’
    • ‘What a contrast it was to get back to our grotty hotel after such a glitzy day.’
    • ‘Want to know what is happening behind the scenes in the glitzy world of Bollywood and Hollywood?’
    • ‘They are successful enough to switch their mobiles off at the weekend and prefer hanging out with good friends to glitzy bars and restaurants.’
    • ‘The supermarket, still in process of refurbishment, has re-opened its glitzy new coffee shop, so I took my lunch there.’
    • ‘The glitzy banner adorning the incomplete wall has four large Chinese characters.’
    • ‘Wear an embellished belt or glitzy cuffs with a plain knit or skirt, and use black to counterbalance an opulent shoe or bag.’
    • ‘All tickets are booked, the glitzy hotel has been booked, and I will be flying up there this Friday, around mid day.’
    • ‘On the other hand, we see a different picture, in which youngsters go overboard about fashion and a glitzy life style.’
    • ‘The weekend is downsized to being a jazzy, glitzy flamboyant festival.’
    • ‘Its dubious merits and glitzy, vacuous plot aside, it is a film, on one level at least, about having everything and feeling nothing.’
    • ‘Too often the originality has been squeezed out of the shows, leaving a hollow, albeit glitzy, commercial juggernaut.’
    • ‘And she brought this glitzy top… Do you think a feather boa would look right?’
    • ‘However, there's a lot more to staging a concert for 35,000 people than just conjuring up a glitzy stage.’
    • ‘Even the state's lack of glitzy metropolitan areas contributes to its appeal.’
    • ‘If you're wondering where I am tonight, I'll be in my hometown's premiere glitzy theatre, living the dream here.’
    • ‘So, despite all those glitzy hotels, it will be months before the destination as a whole feels remotely elegant.’
    • ‘She wore glitzy plastic bracelets around her wrists and cute smilies dangled from her ears.’
    • ‘Maybe I'll get to wear a fancy frock and go to a glitzy ceremony in LA.’
    • ‘Many have been immortalised on film, from the glitzy hustle of Las Vegas to the wintry baroque of Prague.’


1960s (originally a North American usage): from glitter, suggested by ritzy, and perhaps also by German glitzerig glittering.