> glitzy > > glitzy gli.tsi, a. slang (orig. and chiefly N. Amer.). Prob. f. G. > glitzern to glitter (perh. via Yiddish); cf. G. glitzerig > glittering: see -y1. Characterized by glitter or extravagant show; > ostentatious, glamorous; hence, tawdry, gaudy; glitteringly > spectacular, but in poor taste. Cf. glittering ppl. a. 2, glitterati > sb. pl. > > * 1966 N.Y. Times 31 Aug. 66/4 Advertising will stress that Devil > Shake is `glitzy'. This claim will be hard to deny, at least > until someone defines the word. > > * 1968 Britannica Bk. of Year 745/1 John Kander's > music,..Patricia Zipprodt's glitzy-tawdry costumes, and Ronald > Field's wittily obscene choreography were fused..into a > corrosively brilliant symbol of human depravity. > > * 1975 New Yorker 5 May 138/2 This number, like the ballet as a > whole, is much too restless and glitzy. > > * 1976 Globe & Mail (Toronto) 22 Nov. 1/4 The restaurants of the > future..will..be big gala places with entertainment and > booze-ups and big bills...The Cossacks has gone glitzy. > > * 1977 Sounds 1 Jan. 5/3 The five man band play havoc-wreaking > rock 'n' roll, much in the tacky, glitzy style of lamented > British Bands such as Spearhead and the Heavy Metal Kids. > > * 1979 Maclean's Mag. 28 May 51/1 But in a forum ringing with the > clack of easy typewriters and the back-thumping of glitzy > cynics, words like style, art, commitment are booed offstage. > > * 1983 E. Leonard LaBrava (1985) i. 7 But look at the dressing > room, all the glitzy crap, the tinfoil cheapness. > > * 1985 Listener 21 Mar. 27/1 The Oscars are the high point of the > Western film industry's year-a glitzy, vulgar affirmation that > they're getting things right. > > Hence as back-formation > > glitz > > glitz, an extravagant but superficial display; showiness, > ostentation, esp. show-business glamour or sparkle. > > * 1977 New Republic 19 Feb. 21/2 Stoppard's plays have been > marked by undergraduate cleverness and glitz and ultimate > sterility. > > * 1977 Time 4 July 52/2 Her style is often derivative of Tom > Wolfe and Joan Didion, but Babitz has the one indispensable > quality for her kind of work: true glitz. > > * 1983 Times Lit. Suppl. 25 Feb. 200/1 One American reviewer > swooned over Mistral's Daughter, Judith Krantz's latest bundle > of glitz. > > * 1985 Toronto Life Sept. 41/3 There was too much Third-World > esoterica and not enough Hollywood glitz.