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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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Walbrook had a brash star in Roscoe Smith, who went on to play at Connecticut. Glenn Graham,, "Edmondson grad Stanton Kidd’s long journey to NBA makes him a ‘seasoned rookie’ with Jazz," 8 Aug. 2019 Even during the heady days of the epic bitcoin bubble in 2017, Long Island Iced Tea Corp.’s pivot to blockchain was a particularly brash ploy to latch onto the crypto hype. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The FBI thinks Long Island Iced Tea’s infamous pivot to blockchain was sweetened by insider trading," 25 July 2019 Benowitz is an ace on guitar as Perkins, and lends lots of brash attitude (and fine vocals) to the show. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Lamb’s Players’ ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ gives real-life rockers a run for their money in Vista," 22 July 2019 Even in Bacon’s extensive gallery of Really Bad Guys, Rohr, with his stylish overcoat, cigar and brash Boston accent, is a standout. Los Angeles Times, "Kevin Bacon on his shockingly corrupt ‘City on a Hill’ FBI man and heroes vs. bad guys," 19 July 2019 The brash confident quotes from SEC Media Day seem to have trailed off in the era of intense interview training. Michael Casagrande |,, "Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond confident he’s top QB in SEC," 16 July 2019 Mark’s Suicide Niznik played Nina on the beloved family drama, the Browns’ brash neighbor, who at times throughout the series was romantically involved with Andy Brown (Williams). Ashley Boucher,, "Everwood and Star Trek: Insurrection Actress Stephanie Niznik Dead at 52," 12 July 2019 Off the field, Bregman is known for his outgoing and occasionally brash personality. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Alex Bregman goes Instagram official with Reagan Howard. But who is she?," 5 July 2019 Known for his tousled shock of blonde hair and brash style, Johnson enters Downing Street at a chaotic moment for the UK, both at home and abroad. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister at critical moment for UK," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Seven months into their majority, one whose brash, young and diverse membership promised big change, House Democrats left Washington for the summer with a long list of symbolic victories — but an even longer one of unfulfilled goals. New York Times, "Heading Into Long Recess, House Democrats Take Home a Mixed Record," 28 July 2019 Celeste goes to see Renata, who is seemingly her polar opposite: brash, bold, outspoken. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 5: “Kill Me” shows how cunning Mary Louise really is," 8 July 2019 The Party will not tolerate Hong Kong’s brash, uppity independence until 2047. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 As a result, the players have been branded as brash and even arrogant. Anne M. Peterson,, "Carli Lloyd says 2019 U.S. World Cup team not a continuation of 2015," 4 July 2019 The brash former chairman of Chrysler, Iacocca is best known for pulling the automaker from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1980s. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "After saving Chrysler, Lee Iacocca became an unlikely champion of electric bikes and scooters," 3 July 2019 Donald, witness to his father’s deepening disappointment, fashioned himself Fred Jr.’s opposite — the brash tough guy with a killer instinct. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Ingram, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end entering his eighth season, never has been shy about making brash, sweeping statements. Jeff Miller,, "Melvin Ingram declares Chargers are ‘definitely going to win the Super Bowl’," 13 June 2019 Moro became the avatar of reaction against thirteen years of Workers’ Party dominance at the federal level, an attractive protagonist in a national melodrama that pitted brash, young reformers against a bloated, self-interested state. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "The Conspiracy to Discredit Brazil’s Left," 10 June 2019

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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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