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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 Gaia's speaking to Wheeler (Joey Dedio), the brash New York teen with a fire ring to match his red hair. Darren Franich,, "Celebrate Earth Day with a disturbing, prophetic episode of Captain Planet," 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, "SOPHIE’s Vision of the Future," 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, "Driving The New Pure-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC," 11 Mar. 2021 Among luxury SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade has long made no apologies about being big and brash. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, "Edmunds compares new Escalade, Navigator and Mercedes GLS," 24 Feb. 2021 Trends come and go, but across the decades pop has remained broad and brash, prizing emotional exaggeration, relentless energy, and ridiculous, self-parodying personas. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021 Choreography challenges reward breezy dance-pop or brash hip-hop tracks. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok," 12 Feb. 2021 McConnell denied accusations of there being an internal war within the GOP, between the lawmakers who tie themselves to Trump and those who want to move on from the brash former president, and took a more establishment position. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "McConnell would 'absolutely' support Trump if he was the 2024 GOP nominee," 25 Feb. 2021 The New York Dolls were brash and glam, gender-bending and unapologetic, qualities that were still a few years away from becoming commonplace in clubs like CBGB in the East Village. New York Times, "Sylvain Sylvain of the Proto-Punk New York Dolls Dies at 69," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Champollion was brash, romantic, outspoken, anticlerical, and antimonarchist. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Ancient Egypt for the Egyptians," 27 Apr. 2021 Mare’s mother, Helen (Jean Smart), provides comic relief by constantly needling her daughter; Colin is as brash and idealistic as Mare is cynical and tired; her best friend, Lori (Julianne Nicholson), is the softer foil to Mare’s abrasive edges. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What HBO’s New Crime Show Gets Exactly Right," 21 Apr. 2021 Hurley jokingly wished Vital, always brash and outspoken, could have been on the media call Tuesday. Dom Amore,, "UConn men a mystery team, even to Dan Hurley, as NCAA Tournament prep begins," 16 Mar. 2021 Carlson has remained popular with his audience, and his brash take on current events is nothing new, so even something controversial may not matter. Peter Suciu, Forbes, "Can Tucker Carlson Survive Social Media Backlash?," 25 Feb. 2021 Even now, Williams faces backlash for being brash or outspoken or angry in ways that Brady, as a white man, never will. Photo: William West/afp/getty Images.,, "Serena Williams Is The GOAT. Why Is That So Hard For Some People To Say?," 9 Feb. 2021 Known for his brash personality and his mad scientist approach to pitching, Bauer went from an average starter to an excellent one in Cleveland. James Wagner, New York Times, "Shane Bieber and Trevor Bauer Win Cy Young Awards," 11 Nov. 2020 Boneyard Beer, founded in 2010, is more skull and crossbones, a brash upstart perhaps best known for its RPM IPA with a lineup that also includes Skunkape, Hop a Wheelie and Notorious IPA. Michael Kohn, oregonlive, "Deschutes Brewery acquires Bend’s Boneyard Beer," 4 Mar. 2021 The queen is a mannequin the Mays bought years ago to use in Christmas and Halloween displays, which has a certain brash hip-thrust. Doug Maccash,, "The lush yet loungy 'Mystic Krewe of Unicorns' Mardi Gras float house is a masterpiece," 4 Feb. 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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2 May 2021

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