\ ˈbra-sē How to pronounce brassy (audio) \
brassier; brassiest

Definition of brassy

1a : shamelessly bold a brassy reporter
2 : resembling brass especially in color
3 : resembling the sound of a brass instrument

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Other Words from brassy

brassily \ ˈbra-​sə-​lē How to pronounce brassily (audio) \ adverb
brassiness \ ˈbra-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce brassiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of brassy in a Sentence

a brassy customer insisted on arriving late and still being taken first
Recent Examples on the Web In terms of background, Mr. Modi, who once sold tea on a railway platform in India’s western state of Gujarat, could scarcely be more different from the brassy son of a successful New York real estate mogul. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Trump Isn’t the American Modi," 7 Feb. 2020 Luisi had the orchestra playing gloriously, from feathered pianissimos to huge brassy assaults. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fabio Luisi leads semi-staged Strauss 'Salome’ with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra," 1 Feb. 2020 The big tunes sang warmly and brassy climaxes thrilled, but hushed introspections drew listeners into realms of glowing magic. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Conductor Fabio Luisi gets new suavity, subtlety and plenty of drama from the Dallas Symphony," 10 Jan. 2020 Never mean-spirited in her disapproval of Deloris — the brassy singer hiding out in her convent — there was a beautiful purity to Miller’s convictions. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Featured actress, musical," 5 Dec. 2019 Less predictable—but equally welcome—are the nominations for co-star Kaitlyn Dever (heartbreaking in the role of a survivor who’s mistreated by police) and, in the supporting actress category, Toni Collette as Wever’s brash, brassy de facto partner. Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2020 Golden Globe Nominations," 9 Dec. 2019 Rian Johnson’s Knives Out was a bold and brassy recasting of an old-fashioned genre, one of the most well constructed and satisfying theatrical experiences of the year. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Films of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 The marketing materials, meanwhile, include a typeface that resembles neon lettering, a video with a brassy jazz tune and drawings that recall Work Projects Administration posters from the 1930s. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "The Return of Golden Age Design," 18 Oct. 2019 The last decade has produced a range of gymnasts who sacrifice form and safety to eke out brassy, high-scoring skills. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The International Federation of Gymnastics Needs to Keep Up with Simone Biles," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of brassy

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Brassy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brassy

: very confident and aggressive in a loud and sometimes annoying way
: having a loud and often harsh sound
: resembling or suggesting brass

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