adjective, brass·i·er, brass·i·est.
fearlessness, audacity, grit, spunk, cockiness, impertinence, sass, rudeness, gall, brass, chutzpah, insolence, effrontery, courageousness, nerve, cheek, daredeviltry, guts, adventurousness, pluck
- brat pack,
Origin of brassy1
SYNONYMS FOR brassy
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adjective brassier or brassiest
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"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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