\ 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

Other Words from brassy

brassily \ ˈbra-​sə-​lē How to pronounce brassy (audio) \ adverb
brassiness \ ˈbra-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce brassy (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 The rubbery bassline and sudden stabs of background vocals evoke early-’80s Prince, while the horns call back to the prior decade, specifically the brassy riffing of Earth, Wind & Fire. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 23 May 2022 The brassy banda group will become the first act from Tijuana — and the first regional Mexican music act of any kind — to ever headline at the massive stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2022 Purple formulas help cancel unwanted yellow or brassy tones, as purple and yellow are opposite on the color wheel and neutralize each other. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2022 On a recent spring night, the brassy horn from a saxophonist and bright beating of a cymbal played from the upstairs bar of the dark black and brick facade. Globe Staff,, 7 June 2022 Her kaleidoscopic patter, a forceful blend of life and career advice dispensed with a brassy New York inflection, is by turns funny, savvy and nasty. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 Backed with brassy flair by a funky trumpet section, the R&B and soul singer excels on an uptempo number that offers a funky counterpart to the album's heavy dose of '80s rock. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 The brassy shade of the fish may be a form of camouflage that absorbs remnants of blue light, so at deep depths, the fish is nearly invisible, per Live Science. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 In its first-ever Broadway revival, Funny Girl stars Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, the brassy Ziegfeld comedian first portrayed by Barbra Streisand in the 1960s. Vogue, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brassy

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 Jul 2022

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“Brassy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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