[bras-ee, brah-see]

adjective, brass·i·er, brass·i·est.

made of or covered with brass.
resembling brass, as in color.
harsh and metallic: brassy tones.
brazen; bold; loud.
noisy; clamorous: a big, brassy nightclub.

Origin of brassy

First recorded in 1570–80; brass + -y1
Related formsbrass·i·ly, adverbbrass·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for brassy

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

Examples from the Web for brassier

Contemporary Examples of brassier

  • At this cosmic juncture you are urged to employ bolder, brassier elements of self in your dealings, all the time.

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Historical Examples of brassier

  • The cornet could be heard approaching nearer and nearer becoming brassier and brassier.

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • In the present preface the old music is sounded, but brassier and shriller; the wires are wearing.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for brassier


adjective brassier or brassiest

insolent; brazen
flashy; showy
(of sound) harsh, strident, or resembling the sound of a brass instrument
like brass, esp in colour
decorated with or made of brass
a variant spelling of brassie
Derived Formsbrassily, adverbbrassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brassier



"impudent," 1570s, from brass + -y (2). Cf. brazen. Sense of "debased and pretentious" is from 1580s, from brass as contrasted with gold; sense of "strident and artificial" is from 1865. Related: Brassily; brassiness.

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