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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 Simple and stylish was the rule for many years until the New York Yankees went big and brash in the 1970s, igniting an arms race that now has teams in various sports trying to outdo each other — more gold, more gemstones — season after season. Los Angeles Times, "Beneath the bling: Lakers championship rings feature many special surprises," 15 Jan. 2021 The Yankees’ brash new owner, George Steinbrenner, was meanwhile scribbling a $3 million offer to Reggie Jackson on a cocktail napkin at the O’Hare Hyatt and throwing in a free Rolls Royce to seal the deal. Devin Gordon Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Reginald Dwayne Betts Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Even the greatest Met ever could have his heart broken by the Mets.," 24 Dec. 2020 Dallas the show was the epitome of Dallas the city: wealthy, brash, beautiful and indisputably No. 1. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Is Dallas architecture still so bad?," 18 Dec. 2020 Republican Lauren Boebert, 33, was elected this month from a conservative western Colorado district after gaining notice as a brash pro-gun activist who straps a Glock pistol to her hip. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Gun-toting congresswoman-elect may carry Glock at Capitol," 23 Nov. 2020 Trump and Bolsonaro, populist leaders who share a brash political style and emphasis on national security, have long maintained a warm relationship. Washington Post, "What each G-20 leader has said about Trump — and Biden," 21 Nov. 2020 Jack’s songs are melodic, and therefore easy to sing along with, but also brash, idiosyncratic, and strange. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Long Live the Greatest-Hits Album," 4 Dec. 2020 Gordon, 75, this month stepped down from her seat after serving 20 years and earning a reputation as a hardworking, outspoken and brash cheerleader for Orange County Public Schools. Leslie Postal,, "Kat Gordon, ‘matriarch of public education,’ leaves Orange school board after 20 years," 25 Nov. 2020 Spencer's looks enamor Tayshia – and us – but his toxic personality might be his undoing, given his brash attitude with the other guys. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette' recap: Tayshia's takeover comes with a few twists – including more men," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kristen Edwards nicely conveys the adolescent brash confidence that often masks insecurities, while Sydney Pigmon rings true as a pal in her thrall. Matthew J. Palm,, "Girls on the cusp of womanhood intrigue in ‘The Wolves’ | Review," 12 Nov. 2020 Clay comes into a small inheritance of counterfeit heirlooms and a share in a decrepit Venetian palazzo and tries to use Nick's connection to an antiques dealer to unload the fake silver on a brash, unsuspecting American. Lamar Dawson, NBC News, "The 20 best LGBTQ books to gift this holiday season," 13 Dec. 2020 The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the brash targeting of rivals within Saudi and abroad, and a war in Yemen that has become the biggest humanitarian disaster in the world have cost the crown prince on both sides of the aisle. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Saudi, Egyptian crackdowns signal collision with Biden agenda," 11 Dec. 2020 With rock-solid production and forceful delivery from both, Cardi and Megan could be rapping about woodland creatures (Wet Ass Platypuses?) and still deliver a defining anthem for a year that sorely needed some brash, unabashed NSFW fun. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020 Her brash style feels new but is catchy enough to make it on pop radio. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "Crystal Ball 2021: Predictions for the economy, politics, technology, and more," 1 Dec. 2020 For all her brash exterior, Heather is carrying a lot of pain. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Episode 3 recap: Mary opens up about her ‘weird’ marriage, Heather about her divorce on ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’," 26 Nov. 2020 His brash playing style and attention-seeking ways, though in stark contrast to the no-frills Thompson, are worth a season-long tryout. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Klay Thompson is irreplaceable, but Kelly Oubre Jr. is a solid Plan B," 20 Nov. 2020 Trump, who was raised in Queens and built his personal brand as a brash New York City real estate developer, lost the state by more than 22 points in 2016. Arkansas Online, "EXPLAINING RACE CALLS: Presidential race too early to call," 4 Nov. 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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26 Jan 2021

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“Brash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 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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