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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


She asks such brash questions. a brash request to get something for free

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This led to a series of tall, brash, heroes of pulp fiction and comics for whom space became a never-ending adventureland of aliens and ray guns and damsels in distress., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2019 These Americans were our team as much as any team could be: Diverse, confident, outspoken, brash and so, so good. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Through controversy and competition, U.S. women's soccer showed it's best," 8 July 2019 Do these establish how immature and brash Kabir is early on? Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Dear woke India, where were you before Kabir Singh?," 28 June 2019 The craft-brew grail has long been this subtler sort of brew, combining the dryness of light lagers with brighter, less brash and more complex hops flavor. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Craft Beer Breakthrough: Brisk New Bubblies for the Holiday Table," 20 Nov. 2018 There’s no script, though, when a dream so brash, so singular, so global, so life-changing becomes real. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr. rewrites script for Imperial, himself," 21 June 2019 Unhappy and lonely, Elodie meets Moe (Kiana Madeira), who’s as brash and wisecracking as Elodie is shy and withdrawn., "‘Trinkets’: Portland-filmed Netflix teen drama is totally binge-worthy (review)," 11 June 2019 Long known for his brash style, Brodsky garnered national attention for his representation of Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant convicted in 2012 of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Jason Meisner,, "Attorney Joel Brodsky's suspension from practicing in federal court cut to 6 months," 12 June 2019 Kane's Rexy is a brash young thespian with sharp elbows and a tragic backstory. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As a result, the players have been branded as brash and even arrogant. Anne M. Peterson,, "Carli Lloyd says 2019 U.S. World Cup team not a continuation of 2015," 4 July 2019 The brash former chairman of Chrysler, Iacocca is best known for pulling the automaker from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1980s. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "After saving Chrysler, Lee Iacocca became an unlikely champion of electric bikes and scooters," 3 July 2019 Donald, witness to his father’s deepening disappointment, fashioned himself Fred Jr.’s opposite — the brash tough guy with a killer instinct. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Ingram, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end entering his eighth season, never has been shy about making brash, sweeping statements. Jeff Miller,, "Melvin Ingram declares Chargers are ‘definitely going to win the Super Bowl’," 13 June 2019 Moro became the avatar of reaction against thirteen years of Workers’ Party dominance at the federal level, an attractive protagonist in a national melodrama that pitted brash, young reformers against a bloated, self-interested state. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "The Conspiracy to Discredit Brazil’s Left," 10 June 2019 The series follows Lister, a brash, unapologetic landowner intent on establishing her family's fortune at the dawn of the industrial revolution in 1832 England. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "HBO's Gentleman Jack Gives Life to an Extraordinary Woman History Almost Forgot," 18 Mar. 2019 If Peter Voulkos pushed ceramics to a new level of machismo, Neri's work closes that gender gap with its brash, irreverent, all-caps NUDE WOMEN machisma. Leah Ollman,, "Ruby Neri sculpts flamboyant, fearless, nakedly female figures," 7 June 2019 Michael Avenatti rose to fame last year as the brash, camera-ready lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Avenatti Charged With Stealing Money Owed to Stormy Daniels," 22 May 2019

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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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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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