adjective, brash·er, brash·est. Also brashy.


Origin of brash

1400–50; (noun) late Middle English brass(c)he a slap, crash, perhaps blend of brok(e) (Old English broc breach, fragment, sickness; akin to break) and dasch smashing blow; see dash1; (adj.) in sense “brittle,” derivative of noun; in sense “hasty” by confusion with rash1
Related formsbrash·ly, adverbbrash·ness, noun

Synonyms for brash

Antonyms for brash Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brash

Contemporary Examples of brash

Historical Examples of brash

  • It should always be a dry, sound stick, brash, but not in the least punky.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • If this brash young Ranger wanted a fight he could have it on the jump.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • On the other hand, could I renig on the job after all that brash line of talk I'd given Vee?

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • A little later we were not brash enough to know anything where he was concerned.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • You don't know what a bad impression you make when you're too brash.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for brash




tastelessly or offensively loud, showy, or bold
hasty; rash
Derived Formsbrashly, adverbbrashness, noun

Word Origin for brash

C19: perhaps influenced by rash 1




loose rubbish, such as broken rock, hedge clippings, etc; debris

Word Origin for brash

C18: of unknown origin




pathol another name for heartburn

Word Origin for brash

C16: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for brash

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."

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