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 brashness

Contemporary Examples of brashness

  • The Eden theme is coupled with a celebration of modesty that seems to reflect a wider backlash against modern Indian brashness.

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    Lush Places: The Scotland of India

    Tunku Varadarajan

    March 25, 2014

  • Her brashness, inventiveness, and inexhaustible energy carried her the rest of the way.

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    Elsa Maxwell, the Kingmaker

    Mark Braude

    November 1, 2012

Historical Examples of brashness

British Dictionary definitions for brashness




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 brashness



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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