brash

1 of 2

adjective

1
: brittle
brash wood
2
a
: heedless of the consequences : audacious
a brash adventurer
b
: done in haste without regard for consequences : rash
brash acts
3
a
: full of fresh raw vitality
a brash frontier town
b
: uninhibitedly energetic or demonstrative (see demonstrative entry 1 sense 3) : bumptious
a brash comedian
4
a
: 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
brashly adverb
brashness noun

brash

2 of 2

noun

: a mass of fragments (as of ice)

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
Their emotional commitment, brash loudness, wild humor, four-way team spirit, has no connection to anything else happening tonight. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 The Magic Castles’ brash post-rock, the choral music of Mila Vocal Ensemble, the driving staccato of Jon Mueller’s tom drums. Dustin Nelson, SPIN, 1 Feb. 2024 Mounted on walls painted with acidic colors, Warhol’s signature silkscreen and ink portraits of celebrities, collectors, critics and artists are brash, splashy and bold. Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Known for his brash attitude and flashy designer suits, super-lobbyist Tony Podesta’s Washington, D.C., mansion, which just sold for $8.2 million, exhibits the same sort of eye-catching brio. Mark David, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 The brash and propulsive pop punk the band engineered and perfected in the mid-nineties is omnipresent now. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 Within the field of artificial intelligence, the brashest predictions have concerned the arrival of systems that can perform any task a human can, often referred to as artificial general intelligence, or AGI. Will Henshall, TIME, 19 Jan. 2024 Legendary California politician Willie Brown, the brash liberal with a devilish grin as wide as a $100 bill, will be remembered as not just a powerbroker and master fundraiser, but also as a clothes horse with few peers. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2024 Yet its citizens are at each other’s throats over the upcoming mayoral election between incumbent Blair Gladwell (Amy Hargreaves) and brash challenger Harold Faulkner (Jayce Bartok). Dennis Harvey, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024
Noun
The brash ’80s, referenced by Piccioli at Valentino and Alexandre Vauthier, who paid homage to the elegance of Grace Jones , felt more immediate and relevant. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2023 But in part because of his previous reputation as a dove, Mr. Kishida has so far pushed the envelope further while encountering less resistance than Abe’s sometimes brash approaches. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2022 In one memorable moment, Mr. Falwell celebrated his 2016 endorsement of Mr. Trump by posing for a picture with him in front of a Trump Tower office wall that included a framed copy of a 1990 Playboy cover featuring the brash real estate developer. Michael C. Bender, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 From the brash but supposedly visionary CEO to the superstar trader who never seems to sleep, crypto, like other high-flying industries, is filled with hotshots. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 26 Dec. 2022 Insiders in both parties believed the brash Mr. Bolduc would turn off independents and suburban voters. Andrew Cline, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 But the odds are not necessarily in investors’ favor—next time markets bubble up again, Mr. Son’s brash style may resurface as well. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Billionaire Elon Musk is known for many things -- like his revolutionary ideas, brash management style and controversial tweets. Malathi Nayak, Bloomberg.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Of course, Black and Stewart’s brash style has its detractors. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

origin unknown

Noun

obsolete English brash to breach a wall

First Known Use

Adjective

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1787, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brash was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Brash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brash. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

brash

adjective
ˈbrash
1
: reckless, rash
a brash attack
2
: rudely bold : impudent
a brash youth
3
: marked by vivid contrast
brash colors
brashly adverb
brashness noun

Medical Definition

brash

noun
1
: an attack of illness
especially : a short severe illness
2

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