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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 Your desire to be first or a tendency to be brash can cause clashes with other people as the next three to four weeks unwind. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 15 May 2021 That’s not brash talk from a former four-star recruit, who had offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, and Georgia. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2021 The Featheringtons are new money, so there is a more brash, flashy element to them. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 20 Apr. 2021 Meghan embodies all the negative stereotypes Britons have about our distant cousins across the Atlantic: too loud, too brash, too much. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2021 Gaia's speaking to Wheeler (Joey Dedio), the brash New York teen with a fire ring to match his red hair. Darren Franich,, 22 Apr. 2021 As much as a new generation of pop and electronic musicians found freedom in SOPHIE’s brash blend of industrial and bubblegum, a generation of trans musicians and fans found themselves in SOPHIE’s gender expression. Justin Curto, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 There is a dizzying menu of interior ambient lighting to play with too, including a rather brash purple tint which feels at odds with the otherwise classic premium design theme inside. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Among luxury SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade has long made no apologies about being big and brash. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s those brave, brash, and brazen dogs for you. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 3 June 2021 There was a tender heart underneath the brash facade. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 28 May 2021 And the man at the helm was a brash bootlegger-turned-gaming-kingpin who wore a white Stetson, lived in a Beverly Hills bungalow and held court at the Trocadero nightclub. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 It’s Modi’s India — brash, young, arrogant, and complacent. Madhushree Ghosh, Longreads, 12 May 2021 And as Obi-Wan struggles to mentor his increasingly harder-to-control apprentice, Anakin must deal with the training of his own padawan, Ahsoka Tano, as her complicated journey from being a brash upstart to a great warrior. Lauren Morgan,, 30 Apr. 2021 The show was less a brash return than a tentative first step, writes Swed. Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2021 Today, Vaccarello and Saint Laurent unveiled a capsule collection with Memphis Milano that translates the curved lines and brash colors of Ettore Sottsass’s design movement into bow-necked tops and graphic sneakers. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 19 May 2021 Vanessa quickly encapsulated her husband’s passion and brash personality., 16 May 2021

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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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26 May 2021

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“Brash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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