\ 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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What should be a fun, brassy, tough-minded fantasy ends up a listless traffic jam. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Kitchen Wastes a Sizzling Idea and Terrific Ingredients," 9 Aug. 2019 How could the brassiest Trumpeter bray against that? Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 This 70-minute, three-movement work for an enormous, brassy orchestra, written in the mid-1930s, shows the composer at his most audaciously modernist. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Jonas Kaufmann Takes a Big Step Toward ‘Tristan’," 13 Apr. 2018 Traditional song structure comes through her club-pumping sound, and the hook hits hard with sonic texture and brassy bass. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Rezz Songs," 23 July 2019 Olivia Billings is a hoot in her outrageous outfits as Matilda’s vulgar, brassy mother Mrs. Wormwood. Laura Demarco,, "‘Matilda the Musical’ at Beck Center a brilliant, ‘revolting’ triumph (review)," 22 July 2019 Poor Unfortunate Souls,' The Little Mermaid (1989) The ultimate Disney villain song, in which brassy sea witch Ursula tricks Ariel into trading her voice for legs. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Ranked: The 25 best classic Disney songs, from 'Mary Poppins' to 'The Lion King'," 16 July 2019 Quickly, the brassy innkeeper who appears in all the same plays that Falstaff does, is played by the treasured local performer Debra Walsh (a regular not just with Capital Classics by HartBeat Ensemble and Bated Breath Theatre). Christopher Arnott,, "A funny, slapstick ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ from Capital Classics," 15 July 2019 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

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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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