\ˈbrash \

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)

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Other Words from brash


brashly adverb
brashness noun

Examples of brash in a Sentence


She asks such brash questions. a brash request to get something for free

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In a time of meticulous scripting and market research and political groupthink, these kids’ brash honesty and proposed policy solutions cut like sharp metal through the confusion. Lara Backmender, Glamour, "The March for Our Lives Activists Who Said Never Again," 1 Nov. 2018 The nation working to unite the two brash leaders perhaps has the most at stake. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "White House Makes Conflicting Statements on Donald Trump's Proposed Meeting With Kim Jong Un," 9 Mar. 2018 From the outset, Drizzy is brash and sharp-tongued, laying the groundwork for what is a nuanced and often mesmerizing project. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Drake's Strikes Back With Double Album 'Scorpion'," 29 June 2018 Musk had become the face of this new policy, the brash Silicon Valley tech billionaire who founded SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of colonizing Mars. Washington Post,, "With a spacecraft in trouble and the White House watching, SpaceX had to deliver," 18 Mar. 2018 Greitens, who had also served as a White House fellow and written a best-selling book, entered the 2016 gubernatorial race as a brash outsider. David A. Lieb,, "Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announces resignation," 29 May 2018 The plain-spoken, down-to-earth Beck took over the LAPD from William J. Bratton, a brash outsider who remains one of law enforcement's most prominent figures. Cindy Chang,, "L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck announces early retirement, ending eight-year tenure as head of the LAPD," 20 Jan. 2018 USA TODAY Sports MOSCOW — Croatia beat England and reached the World Cup final by being brash, bold and unapologetic — and the reaction of its players took the exact same approach. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia taunts England over World Cup exit," 12 July 2018 Pusha delivers a clear message through his brash lyricism and usual drug fiend raps, which includes a clear start and punctuation mark. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha T & Drake's Feud, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music Domination, XXXTentacion's Death, 'Scorpion' & More: Recapping a Wild 40 Days in Hip-Hop," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2005, Donald Trump kicked off a decade-long buying and spending spree, vastly expanding his hotel and golf-course empire and cementing his image as a brash impresario. Jonathan O’connell, The Seattle Times, "Donald Trump’s decade-long buying spree defied norms and tapped an unusual source," 8 Oct. 2018 Maybe there was a time when humor could be found in such a brash, violent statement of intent, but not at 4:02 p.m. on a steamy hot afternoon in 2018. Jeff Bogle, Good Housekeeping, "My Daughter's Note from a Friend at School Joked, "I'm Going to Kill You."," 20 Sep. 2018 The German chancellor is as careful with her policies and public statements as the U.S. leader is brash and unpredictable. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 The German chancellor is as careful with her policies and public statements as the U.S. leader is brash and unpredictable. Raf Casert, Fox News, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 The move to host Bill Clinton is particularly brash given that the publishing world — and virtually every genre within it — is in the midst of its own #MeToo movement., "After His Comments On #MeToo, 2018 Should Be The Year We Cancel Bill Clinton," 5 June 2018 Carolina Herrera’s brash, graphic black-and-white striped crisscross jersey knit maxi dress in a flattering curve has cap sleeves, an off-shoulder design and a trumpet flared skirt. Janet Kinosian,, "What's black and white and stylish all over? These items that will add pop to your wardrobe," 7 Mar. 2018 When Balenciaga introduced the Triple S last year, the shoe blurred the boundaries between brash streetwear and staid high-fashion houses. Kevin Lozano, GQ, "We're Living in the Golden Age of Knockoff Sneakers," 5 Mar. 2018 Shades Valley enjoyed a peaceful, bucolic lifestyle before it was rudely interrupted by a brash, swaggering newcomer in 1871 when Birmingham popped up as the Magic City. Birmingham Magazine,, "A History of Homewood," 19 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of brash

: confident and aggressive in usually a rude or unpleasant way

: very strong or harsh


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Medical Definition of brash 

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

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