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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 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 The story is told with unrelenting silliness, and Koepp translates Wilee’s brash confidence about weaving in and out of traffic into a visual roller-coaster ride. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 10 Apr. 2020 The clothes are subtler perhaps than the brash sort of extravagance found in Mykonos, St. Tropez, or Sardinia. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020 The company was a brash outsider, peddling art films to college campuses, capitalizing on international distribution and the videocassette market, and reimagining the horror genre at a time America was confronting AIDS and Cold War anxieties. Los Angeles Times, "How should we view Bob Shaye — mogul, director, ‘moral horizon’ watcher — in a #MeToo world?," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Uptown became a magnet for artists who limned the borders between the two: Guy, an R&B trio that in the hands of Teddy Riley helped pioneer the brash sound known as New Jack Swing; Al. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Andre Harrell, Executive Who Bridged Hip-Hop and R&B, Dies at 59," 9 May 2020 Her daughter, on the other hand, is a brash, liberal comedian given to profanity. New York Times, "Maggie Griffin, Kathy’s Mother and a ‘D-List’ Celebrity, Dies at 99," 20 Mar. 2020 Cloud Strife is still a brash, obviously troubled mercenary teaming up with Avalanche, a heroic band of eco-terrorists trying to stop the corporation Shinra from literally bleeding the planet dry. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Final Fantasy VII," 8 Mar. 2020 Together Pull up a lawn chair and watch dozens of brash marching and brass bands from as far away as Germany put on a show during the three-day HONK! Festival., "Chews and Cheers," 5 Oct. 2019 Gambino sings in an oily harmony—but culminates with brash, spare lyricism from 21 Savage about police force, before swerving back into a euphoric state via Kadhja Bonet’s closing hook. Jason Parham, Wired, "Childish Gambino's 3.15.20 Is Apt for This Isolated Moment," 26 Mar. 2020 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an anti-establishment crusader and a ruthless fighter for the war on drugs, is known for his brash and populist style. Fox News, "Philippines' Duterte says country can fight insurgents, Muslim extremists without US military," 27 Feb. 2020 Now everyone waits again to see if this brash, big-hearted athlete will ever be the same. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Ryan Newman is brash, big-hearted, controversial and a NASCAR mainstay," 18 Feb. 2020 In a corporate world that values self-effacement and restraint, Ghosn was brash and lived too ostentatiously. Jeff Kingston For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Ghosn's dramatic escape could bring much-needed reform to Japanese companies," 17 Jan. 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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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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