\ 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
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First Known Use of brassy

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Sep 2020

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“Brassy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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