- impertinent; impudent; tactless: a brash young man.
- hasty; rash; impetuous.
- energetic or highly spirited, especially in an irreverent way; zesty: a brash new musical.
- (used especially of wood) brittle.
Origin of brash
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Examples from the Web for brashness
The Eden theme is coupled with a celebration of modesty that seems to reflect a wider backlash against modern Indian brashness.Lush Places: The Scotland of India
March 25, 2014
Her brashness, inventiveness, and inexhaustible energy carried her the rest of the way.Elsa Maxwell, the Kingmaker
November 1, 2012
Curiosity had gotten him in, brashness and speed had taken him out.Planet of the Damned
She's a woman, fer all her brashness in her callin' herself a man.A Pagan of the Hills
Charles Neville Buck
Springing up, he caught her hand and made to kiss her in the brashness of impulse.The Last Shot
"That is a bargain," he said, with a brashness simply disgraceful in a good business man.The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him
Paul Leicester Ford
- tastelessly or offensively loud, showy, or bold
- hasty; rash
- loose rubbish, such as broken rock, hedge clippings, etc; debris
- pathol another name for heartburn
Word Origin and History for brashness
1824, of obscure origin, originally American English; perhaps akin to 16c. Scottish brash "attack, assault," or French breche "fragments," especially of ice, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brehha "breach," from brehhan "to break"), or to German brechen "to vomit."