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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)

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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 China is dominated by Alibaba, and brash new contenders like Pinduoduo. The Economist, "The genius of Amazon The pandemic has shown that Amazon is essential—but vulnerable," 18 June 2020 Suddenly, the brash 26-year-old Earnhardt emerged as the face of the sport and started adding his own chapter to the family legacy. Michael Marot, Houston Chronicle, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. headlines NASCAR's 2021 Hall of Fame class," 16 June 2020 Audi's brash little bolus is a design statement that eclipses the Bimmer and anything else in this class. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Audi TT Goes All-In on Style," 1 June 2020 Hank Steinbrenner had the personality of his father, brash and outspoken, unafraid to speak his mind regardless of potential consequences. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Hank Steinbrenner, Yankees Co-Owner, Dies at 63," 14 Apr. 2020 Cuban, the 61-year-old owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is an entrepreneur and reality-TV star with 7.8 million Twitter followers and a long history of fines by the NBA commissioner for being too brash. Riley Griffin,, "Mark Cuban Says 3M Fails to Stop Profiteers of Masks," 24 Mar. 2020 The brash words from Alvarez at his 1990 introductory news conference became etched in permanence. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Darrell Bevell's surprise scamper and a Rose Bowl triumph for Wisconsin," 6 May 2020 The Browns need a bold, brash defender who can set the tone on this defense. cleveland, "The Browns’ perfect 2020 NFL Draft: trade for Trent Williams and draft Isaiah Simmons in first round," 23 Apr. 2020 Betty’s brash attitude could easily have come off as grating, but Ullman does a wonderful job of delivering her salty one-liners in a way that hints at the heavy emotion underneath. Anne Cohen,, "Mrs America Episode 4 Recap: What Really Happened During That Phyllis Schlafly, Betty Friedan Debate," 22 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 1990, Tolmach left to start the Ojai Vineyard, leaving Clendenen solely at the helm, his long locks and brash honesty never swaying from his dedication to producinge low-alcohol, age-worthy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Matt Kettmann,, "Au Bon Climat has Santa Barbara’s most important winemaker," 22 June 2020 Where there was then Richard Nixon, there is now Donald Trump, a caricature of what the Haydons of this world already despise: brash, grasping, rich, and in charge. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 The State Department already had a special envoy to the region, and President Trump’s new emissary, Richard Grenell, was also ambassador to Germany, where his brash style and embrace of right-wing figures broke with diplomatic norms. Patrick Kingsleyand Kenneth P. Vogel,, "Pushing for Serbia-Kosovo peace deal, US roils allies," 20 June 2020 Morton was brash, controlling and not above using the Civil War for his own political gain. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, "The story behind the Oliver P. Morton, the 'War Governor' with the big statue," 19 June 2020 The 2019 best picture Oscar nominee recalls how, in the 1960s, a scrappy car designer and a brash driver sought to end Ferrari’s dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of June 14-20," 12 June 2020 Her 2015 special, Not Fancy, combines her signature brash style with fresh new stories. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Best Female Stand-Up Comedian Specials to Watch Right Now," 11 June 2020 The brash, opinionated Italian speedster remembers that weekend 19 years ago clearly. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "With Texas at center-stage, a look at the track's dark days with CART: 'I was so relieved I didn't have to drive'," 5 June 2020 His brash leadership is an ideal fit on a roster loaded with mild-mannered personalities. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors mailbag: Could Marc Gasol be Golden State’s starting center next season?," 3 June 2020

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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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The first known use of brash was in 1566

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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