- shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.
- made of brass.
- like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.
- to make brazen or bold.
- brazen out/through, to face boldly or shamelessly: He prefers to brazen it out rather than admit defeat.
Origin of brazen
before 1000; Middle English brasen (adjective), Old English bræsen “of brass”
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1. insolent, defiant. 1, 3. brassy.
1. See bold.
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A brazen urn was carried round, in which every citizen deposited a pebble.
In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.
She gnashed her white tusks, and dug into the sand with her brazen claws.The Gorgon's Head
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A crash of brazen music burst upon the ear and drowned the voice.Dr. Sevier
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- shameless and bold
- made of or resembling brass
- having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
- (usually foll by out or through) to face and overcome boldly or shamelesslythe witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
- to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Old English bræsen, from bræs brass
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Word Origin and History for brazen
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