Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characteristic of or resembling glass.
  • adj. Lifeless; expressionless: "the face changing to a demon's face with a fixed glassy grin” ( Katherine Anne Porter).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or like glass, in particular smooth and (somewhat) reflective.
  • adj. Dull, expressionless
  • adj. Absence of any chop on the water, making it smooth like glass. Swell creating breaking waves may still be present, glassy doesn't imply complete flatness.
  • n. glass marble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of glass; vitreous.
  • adj. Resembling glass in its properties, as in smoothness, brittleness, or transparency
  • adj. Dull; wanting life or fire; lackluster; -- said of the eyes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling or of the nature of glass; vitreous: as, a glassy substance.
  • Resembling glass in some quality, as smoothness, brittleness, transparency, or power of reflecting; hence, as applied to the eye or glance, having a fixed, unintelligent stare, as in idiocy, stupidity, spasm, terror, insanity, or death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling glass in smoothness and shininess and slickness
  • adj. (used of eyes) lacking liveliness
  • adj. (of ceramics) having the surface made shiny and nonporous by fusing a vitreous solution to it

Etymologies

glass +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I placed the two halves under the broiler for a few seconds and they came out a bit warm covered in glassy, shiny sugar layer.

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  • It is too easy to become characterized as the glassy-eyed idealists who believe too much in the magic wonder herb when we supply targets that are so easily shot down.

    Russ Belville: 10 Lessons Learned from Marijuana Election Defeats

  • And if, at the end of this, you aren't crossing your eyes or skipping over these entries in glassy-eyed, polite boredom, I'll dig up the LUNA contracts for contrast.

    Contract questions

  • If the stream is narrow and brush-lined, or when the trout are lying in glassy shallow water close to the banks, I still prefer the upstream approach.

    The Downstream Dry Fly

  • She actually did call glassy-eyed Governor Bill Owen of Colorado out on his RNC mandated stream of consiousness blather about "Aldrich Ames - Brooklyn bridge - Jamie Gorelick - known terrorists - protecting America - 9/11 - Clintoncarterdemocrats."

    Hullabaloo

  • Materials scientists have developed an intriguing class of materials called glassy metallic alloys, which are amorphous and lack the crystalline structure of traditional metals.

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  • The phenomenon is known as glassy water - and it led to the crash of a Beaver float plane in September 1986 at Dease Lake, killing five people, including Al Passarell, Social Credit

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  • $22.3 million to help the State control and eradicate a non-native pest called the glassy-winged sharpshooter.

    Vp Announces Funding To Help Protect Ca Grape Industry

  • Students are converted from bad actors to good audiences, from resistant recalcitrants to hard workers, from victimhood to a kind of glassy-eyed self-delusion masking as empowerment.

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  • Fawney stealing round the rooms of the Club, with glassy, meaningless eyes, and an endless greasy simper — he fawns on everybody he meets, and shakes hands with you, and blesses you, and betrays the most tender and astonishing interest in your welfare.

    The Book of Snobs

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