brassy

adjective
\ 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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His pyro-free performance history will end here next Thursday, when Lovett and his brassy Large Band perform a Fourth of July concert at Embarcadero Marina Park South. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lyle Lovett, with or without Hazmat suit, set to light up for Fourth of July," 26 June 2019 From the bounce of the overture right through to the brassy, bold finale, the full orchestra is in top form. nola.com, "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 Long-running online blood feuds with the brassy star of Beaches and the editor of a magazine for and about rich people are not the sort of behavior ordinarily associated with populist politicians. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 Proudly flying the flags of both body-positivity and racial equality (the action unfolds in early-1960s Baltimore), the brassy musical isn’t camp in its message so much as in its unabashedly outré optics. Marley Marius, Vogue, "The 5 Campiest Musicals Ever Made," 27 Apr. 2019 Glass glazing, brassy-gold frames, rustic wood, and black metal make for a winning combination. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 All this angst is meant to ready us for the Great Reveal: the moment the owners return, oddly oblivious to how their money was spent, and gasp at colorful throw pillows, brassy light fixtures and bold wallpaper choices. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Who Doesn’t Love to Hate-Watch HGTV?," 6 Apr. 2018 Most prevalent is the antique floor lamp, lush and brassy with its parasol-like palm fronds. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Original SAD Lamp? The Best Tropical Light Fixtures to Ward Off Seasonal Blues," 12 Oct. 2018 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

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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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brassy

adjective

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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