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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

The eldest of Victoria, Princess Royal's children, Wilhelm was considered brash and impulsive, traits that alienated many and played a significant role in the start of the war. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 Bana, on the other hand, is brash and creepy as John, yet there's still something about him that's completely charming. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Dirty John Is the Break I Didn’t Know I Needed From All the Christmas Cheer on TV," 26 Nov. 2018 By the opening of his second show, later that year, word had spread of a brash new artist with a novel approach, which included putting broken plates on epic-size paintings. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Sam is brash, rude, crass, and the show is unapologetically physical. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pamela Adlon's Better Things Is Back and Better Than Ever," 27 Feb. 2019 The trailer for the film is very brash, showing Elizabeth and Ted's relationship blossom on the backdrop of his brutal kidnappings and murders. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 But while Trippie leans hard into his screamo and metal influences, which dovetail nicely with the brash elements of Soundcloud rap, Skies’s vocals are sweet, clean, and frictionless. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Pennsylvania rapper Lil Skies makes Soundcloud rap for people who don’t like Soundcloud rap," 16 Mar. 2018 The guardedness that once existed in men’s styling is dissipating; for Fall, see the brash futurism of Yoon Ahn’s Ambush, even the psychedelic ski theme at Dsquared2, and of course, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 In their upcoming book, charmingly brash co-hosts Hardstark and Kilgariff reflect on their struggles with depression, eating disorders and addiction. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Michael Avenatti rose to fame last year as the brash, camera-ready lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Avenatti Charged With Stealing Money Owed to Stormy Daniels," 22 May 2019 Now, ineligible to be premier due to a tax fraud conviction, Berlusconi, 81, could be eclipsed by the brash Salvini. Washington Post, "Election projections point to euroskeptic shift in Italy," 4 Mar. 2018 This touching tale of animals and humans interwoven in the cycle of life needs a delicate balance of comedy and pathos, and the Glimmerglass Orchestra, led by Joseph Colaneri, was brash and occasionally scrappy. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "The Glimmerglass Festival and ‘A Quiet Place’ Reviews," 13 Aug. 2018 Exxon’s management has been called brash over the years. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Slouching Tiger: Why Exxon Isn’t Worth Its Premium," 30 July 2018 Dan remembers the brash, colorful mural the architect swabbed across two walls of the Nivola family living room. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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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