Meaning of GLASSY in English

I. ˈglasē, -laas-, -lais-, -lȧs-, -si adjective

( usually -er/-est )

Etymology: glass (I) + -y


a. : having the characteristics or appearance of glass : vitreous

glassy porcelain

b. : resembling or suggestive of glass (as in shininess, smoothness or slipperiness, fragility, transparency)

the pavement was wet, glassy with water — Willa Cather

the glassy surface of the lake


a. : marked by or having a dull fixedness of expression (as from boredom, shock, or stupidity) : lackluster , apathetic : fishy

his explanation awoke no response in their glassy eyes

moonishly amused at anything that passed before their glassy eyes — Rebecca West

b. : cold and unsympathetic : devoid of cordiality : forbidding

gave him a disdainful glassy stare

unable to penetrate their glassy reserve

c. : hard , unyielding , unwavering

a glassy determination to win

staring at the floor with a rather glassy concentration — Louis Auchincloss

d. : lacking overtones : sharp , shrill , strident

a good recording except for the glassy quality of the strings

e. : smoothly superficial

approached the problem with a glassy assurance

f. : breathlessly calm and bright

a good many desert areas have this feeling of glassy stillness in the late afternoon — H.L.Davis

a glassy quiver of heat — Eve Langley

sun-drenched, glassy days — W.H.Hale


variant of glassie

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.