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Definition of brash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : brittle brash wood
2a : heedless of the consequences : audacious a brash adventurer
b : done in haste without regard for consequences : rash brash acts
3a : full of fresh raw vitality a brash frontier town
b : uninhibitedly energetic or demonstrative (see demonstrative entry 1 sense 3) : bumptious a brash comedian
4a : lacking restraint and discernment : tactless brash remarks
b : aggressively self-assertive : impudent brash to the point of arrogance
5 : piercingly sharp : harsh a brash squeal of brakes
6 : marked by vivid contrast : bold brash colors



Definition of brash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mass of fragments (as of ice)

Other Words from brash


brashly adverb
brashness noun

Examples of brash in a Sentence

Adjective She asks such brash questions. a brash request to get something for free
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The brash 36-year-old's ruthlessness was never a secret, but the depth of his cruelty shocked even the most jaded realists in 2018 when his agents lured, murdered and dismembered the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the regime. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 16 July 2022 The pair team up to solve a murder most foul in London’s West End theater district during the 1950s, investigating the seedy underbelly of England’s glamorous of artists and turning over a litany of brash, creative suspects. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 29 June 2022 The central New York novel of the 1980s, capturing the zeitgeist of that moment unlike anything else: glamorous, brash, over the top. New York Times, 30 June 2022 Jean-Claude Van Damme might be one of the last classic action movie stars, a performer who still clearly loves the genre, and who has always relished big, brash, and physically demanding spectacle. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 June 2022 The director has always been bold and brash with music in his films, and Elvis is no exception. Brad Auerbach, SPIN, 22 June 2022 Here’s a brash overgeneralization: American writers tend to charge at life freestyle, while Europeans approach it with an ironic half smile and perhaps a glance at their libraries. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 These folks can dance the line between being selfish and self-reliant and do well to partner with patient types as friends, lovers, or business partners who will understand their sometimes brash nature. Glamour, 27 May 2022 Jancsó’s brash cinematic manipulations won’t appeal to all film lovers. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The result is that the already thin ranks of moderate and mainstream conservative Republicans in the House are likely to be even thinner next year, with brash, Trump-style candidates replacing them. Catie Edmondson,, 3 Aug. 2022 Clippard was there for the brash Harper, debuting at 19, the reticent Rendon, was traded before Scherzer stomped on the scene and enjoyed a few weeks of Soto. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 Eric’s white-tablecloth business breakfasts and clubby investor weekends don’t fit in a disruptive landscape shaped by brash newcomers, including a billionaire who profits off the pandemic. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Call them unkempt, disruptive, or brash; at least dirtbags are honest. Adrienne Matei, The Atlantic, 26 July 2022 Amid all this, Palmer’s brash Emerald swaggers through the film. New York Times, 22 July 2022 Your sensitivity might be triggered today by someone else's brash commentary. Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 The main characters are a brash crypto entrepreneur (Hungarian actor Miklós Bányai), a programmer (Märt Pius), and a conservative banker (Ivo Uukkivi), with the focus on their relationship with money. Tristan Priimägi, Variety, 13 July 2022 The brash, 58-year-old politician who took Britain out of the EU and has been at the helm through COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine has repeatedly defied the odds during a rollercoaster political career. Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brash


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brash


origin unknown


obsolete English brash to breach a wall

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25 Jul 2022

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“Brash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of brash

1 : an attack of illness especially : a short severe illness

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