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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 His co-star, who plays Lady Macbeth, was even more brash. John Carucci, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 The podcast team also interviewed Letty Martinez, the lead singer of the brash Chicanx punk band Fea, who identifies as pansexual. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2022 The purity movement didn’t announce its arrival in this country with abstinence pledges and brash daddy-daughter dances. Sarah Green,, 17 Apr. 2022 But luckily the crossover's brash new styling carries over unchanged from global market variants. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 Levant also said a lot of rude, brash, outlandish things for just for laughs, often with whipcrack timing. Michael Phillips,, 6 Apr. 2022 His approach — often brash, pugnacious and controversial — has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Played by Colin Farrell in stage make-up and a fat suit, the Penguin is a loud and brash character, whose over-the-top performance stands out in a relatively downbeat film. Joe George, Men's Health, 2 Mar. 2022 Machine Gun Kelly was a star before his 2020 album Tickets To My Downfall, a brash hip-hop artist from Cleveland with some real crossover pop appeal and plenty of film/TV credits to his name. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Think brash, witty, luxury-lifestyle lines that name-check Chanel boots and Gucci sweaters, more in the lineage of his friends the City Girls, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 9 May 2022 The writers and the di rector try to force a little too much into the story, often just to lend unnecessary sympathy to the brash, bold central character. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 In this latest 30 for 30 documentary, directors Jason Hehir and Thomas Odelfelt focus on the career of a brash and flashy golf superstar in Norman, whose career was largely shaped by an epic collapse at The Masters golf tournament in 1996. oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2022 Last year saw a brash of organized criminal gangs targeting high-end retail stores in smash-and-grab robberies up and down the Golden State. David Aaro, Fox News, 16 Apr. 2022 While the Dodgers have the corporate veneer of baseball’s IBM, the Padres — fueled by stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., both of Dominican descent — embody the brash, ambitious, convention-bucking strut of a software startup. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The move even briefly fueled speculation that the two might form a ticket — him the brash, unpredictable New York billionaire; her the snowmobile-drivin’, moose-huntin’ Mama Grizzly from Wasilla. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Our brash, ambitious, Selena Meyer-esque protagonist, Rep. Nancy Harrison (D-NY) is a liberal politician of a familiar sort: both likable and not. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Ullman is a brash, irreverent English comic and actress, a veteran of London theatrical productions and two BBC comedy series. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 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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14 May 2022

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

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