brash
Pronunciation Adjective

brash (comparative brasher, superlative brashest)

  1. (of people or behaviour) Overly bold or self-assertive to the point of being insensitive, tactless or impudent; shameless.
    Synonyms: audacious, brassy, brazen, cocky, undiplomatic
    a brash young businessman; a brash tabloid; a brash sense of humour
    • 1902, Opie Read, The Starbucks, Chicago: Laird & Lee, Chapter , p. 210,
      Mrs. Mayfield looked away, and the girl stricken with remorse, hastened to her and said: “There, I have been too brash, haven’t I? You must forgive me for I didn’t intend to be brash.”
      Brash, my dear? What do you mean by that?”
      She laughed. “Why, I thought everybody know’d what brash meant. Well, it’s er—too quick to say somethin’ you oughtn’t to say.”
    • 1925, Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith, Chapter 17,
      Trouble with Silzer is, he’s too brash—shoots off his mouth too much—likes to hear himself talk.
    • 1958, Peter De Vries, Mackerel Plaza, Penguin, 1986, Chapter 14, p. 209,
      The American’s brash unconcern for nuance indicates a young and vigorous country, the Briton’s clipped speech an ancient, proverbial reserve.
    • 2013, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, New York: Knopf, Chapter 54,
      Edusco liked him, he could tell; he imagined Edusco talking about him in a gathering of other self-made Igbo men, men who were brash and striving, who juggled huge businesses and supported vast extended families.
  2. (of actions) Overly bold, impetuous or rash.
    Synonyms: foolhardy, reckless
    • 1905, Andy Adams (writer), The Outlet, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, Chapter 2, p. 22,
      […] just because you’re a little hot under the collar, don’t do anything brash, for fear you may regret it afterward.
    • 1960, George O. Smith, “The Troublemakers,” Galaxy Science Fiction Volume 18, No. 4, April 1960, p. 156,
      Now, Mr. Reed, you’ve committed nothing but a brash act of bad taste by bypassing the standard channels.
  3. (of things) Bold, bright or showy, often in a tasteless way.
    Synonyms: flashy, garish, loud, splashy, Thesaurus:gaudy
    brash colours; a brash perfume
    • 1963, Ian Fleming, Thrilling Cities, London: Jonathan Cape, Chapter 1, “Hong Kong,”
      There are scores of brash and noisy bars along Lockhart Street and in Wanchai and North Point (on the island) and throughout the back lanes of Kowloon […]
    • 1996, Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman's Boy, New York: Picador, 1998, Chapter 24, p. 243,
      The driveway is filled with vehicles parked bumper to bumper and the house is lit up like I’ve never seen it before, brash yellow light streaming from every window on every floor, and the tinny, nasal sound of gramophone jazz trumpeting inside.
Translations Translations Translations Noun

brash

  1. A rash or eruption; a sudden or transient fit of sickness.
  2. A sudden burst of rain.
  3. (obsolete) An attack or assault.
Verb

brash (brashes, present participle brashing; past and past participle brashed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To disturb.
Adjective

brash (comparative brasher, superlative brashest)

  1. (US, colloquial, dated) Brittle (said e.g. of wood or vegetables).
Noun

brash

  1. Leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.
  2. (geology) Broken and angular rock fragments underlying alluvial deposits.
  3. Broken fragments of ice.



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