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brash

[ brash ]
/ bræʃ /
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adjective, brash·er, brash·est.Also brashy .
noun
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Origin of brash

First recorded in 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; (adjective) in the sense “brittle” is derivative of the noun; in the sense “hasty” by confusion with rash1

OTHER WORDS FROM brash

brash·ly, adverbbrash·ness, noun
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How to use brash in a sentence

  • This was a victory that could only have been won by a political movement with a brashly irrational self-confidence.

  • He had not started the journey brashly, on impulse, but after debate and discussion with Mandy, his wife.

    Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
  • At first, I was brashly incredulous, as anyone would be who was mixing and mingling with the colonel in the daily amenities.

    The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for brash (1 of 3)

brash1
/ (bræʃ) /

adjective
tastelessly or offensively loud, showy, or bold
hasty; rash
impudent

Derived forms of brash

brashly, adverbbrashness, noun

Word Origin for brash

C19: perhaps influenced by rash 1

British Dictionary definitions for brash (2 of 3)

brash2
/ (bræʃ) /

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

Word Origin for brash

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for brash (3 of 3)

brash3
/ (bræʃ) /

noun
pathol another name for heartburn

Word Origin for brash

C16: perhaps of imitative origin
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