[ brash ]
/ bræʃ /

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


Nearby words

  1. branzino,
  2. braque,
  3. braque, georges,
  4. bras d'or lake,
  5. brasco,
  6. brash ice,
  7. brashly,
  8. brashy,
  9. brasier,
  10. brasil

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

Examples from the Web for brash

British Dictionary definitions for brash


/ (bræʃ) /


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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