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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)

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 The director has always been bold and brash with music in his films, and Elvis is no exception. Brad Auerbach, SPIN, 22 June 2022 Here’s a brash overgeneralization: American writers tend to charge at life freestyle, while Europeans approach it with an ironic half smile and perhaps a glance at their libraries. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 These folks can dance the line between being selfish and self-reliant and do well to partner with patient types as friends, lovers, or business partners who will understand their sometimes brash nature. Glamour, 27 May 2022 Jancsó’s brash cinematic manipulations won’t appeal to all film lovers. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 17 May 2022 By the fall of 2011, antiabortion advocates had started pushing for bold restrictions with brash new tactics. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 By the fall of 2011, antiabortion advocates had started pushing for bold restrictions with brash new tactics. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Representing a brash new generation of Argentine acts who have become global streaming phenoms with their blend of trap, pop and R&B, each of the three displayed a distinctive sound. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 21 Apr. 2022 Caddyshack – An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elvis, in the epic tradition of all of Luhrmann’s work, is a brash, overwhelming experience. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2022 For those who came of age in that era, the AR, in its brash unconcealability, functions more as a symbol than as a tool. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 16 June 2022 As much as his absence is felt, Ferry took advantage of being the Last Bryan/Brian Standing by beginning to retailor the band’s brash animal print into white tuxes, irony into earnesty, and rawness into lacquer. Jill Krajewski, SPIN, 8 June 2022 Showtime’s series called Super Pumped highlights the dramatic true story behind Uber and how its brash founder’s unconventional efforts nearly drove the company over a cliff. Ken Gude, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Pacers legend Reggie Miller approves of Gonzaga freshman Chet Holmgren's brash confidence. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2022 For all the stunts and brash marketing, the franchise has found a crucial ingredient that traces to Barnum’s dictum about treating customers well. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Pearce is smooth, and plays Killian as an interesting foil to Robert Downey Jr.'s brash Tony, but the motivation has always felt just a tiny bit off here. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 After pledging $21 billion in equity and raising $25.5 billion of debt and margin loan financing, Musk has continued to use Twitter to buff his image as a brash billionaire who is not afraid to break the rules of polite society. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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1 : an attack of illness especially : a short severe illness

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