\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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In the new season, DanConner (John Goodman), known for deferring to his brassy wife, takes a more active role in running the family, along with daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert). John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Life After ‘Roseanne’," 13 Oct. 2018 The Hidden Pearl Nestled behind a ramen shop in Greenpoint is The Hidden Pearl, one of New York’s most stylish new speakeasies, accented with navy blue, tan leather, and brassy gold fixtures. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 Expect to hear brassy quartets and quintets; clarinet solos and big voices; and swing when the Cotton Mouth Kings come by. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 She was again backed by a spirited marching band that reworked the singer's hits with the pizzazz of a halftime show, amping up the songs across her 20-year career with brassy flourishes and lush arrangements. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "Beyoncé turns Coachella into Beychella once more," 22 Apr. 2018 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

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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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