\ˈbra-sē \
brassier; brassiest

Definition of brassy 

1a : shamelessly bold a brassy reporter

b : obstreperous

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 \ adverb
brassiness \ˈbra-sē-nəs \ noun

Examples of brassy in a Sentence

a brassy customer insisted on arriving late and still being taken first

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Last year, Jason Eady played a show in Paris — France, not Texas — and afterward, the country musician and his band heard some festive and brassy music coming from a little Croatian bar across the street from the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Jason Eady is a happy man, and one of country music’s unheralded talents," 11 July 2018 Renee’s mother, Margaret, served as the brassy arbiter atop the city’s election machinery for 36 years as chairperson of the Board of City Commissioners. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Philly politico Renee Tartaglione sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison," 12 July 2018 When women who are treated harshly in a workplace don’t just lean in and get brassy, but become demoralized, like Messi. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 Actress Sydelle Noel embodies a similar ethos by taking on brawny, brassy, alpha woman roles. Abby Haglage,, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 Anne Hathaway ably fights off the Hatha-haters as Daphne Kluger, a dingbat movie star used by Debbie and Lou as an unwitting eighth member of the crew; in a movie where everyone keeps it close to the vest, Hathaway knows to play it brassy and big. Ty Burr,, "‘Ocean’s 8’ is a different take on the bling ring," 6 June 2018 Knuckleball will have the potential to be bright and brassy, but these players all like to draw nonstandard tones, colors and textures from their instruments. John Adamian,, "Stephen Haynes' Knuckleball To Perform At Real Art Ways," 2 June 2018 The frames are clever, dense, and gorgeous, and so is the music by Michael Giachinno – the action is set to the sort of blaring, brassy jazz-ensemble sound that composer Hoyt Curtin used for Jonny Quest (the cartoon is actually quoted here). Gary Thompson,, "'Incredibles 2': Worth the 14-year wait," 13 June 2018 Rudetsky and Plotnick write in the program notes that Anne L. Nathan, who plays the brassy busybody Shirley, was unable to do the role when first offered it in the Broadway production, and gets to now. Christopher Arnott,, "'Disaster!' Skewers The 1970s At CT Rep," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of brassy

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of brassy was in 1596

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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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