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 brashly

Contemporary Examples of brashly

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

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    The Republican Frat-Boy Culture

    Reihan Salam

    March 28, 2010

Historical Examples of brashly

  • 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 brashly




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 brashly



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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