[bras-ee, brah-see]
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adjective, brass·i·er, brass·i·est.
  1. made of or covered with brass.
  2. resembling brass, as in color.
  3. harsh and metallic: brassy tones.
  4. brazen; bold; loud.
  5. noisy; clamorous: a big, brassy nightclub.

Origin of brassy

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

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British Dictionary definitions for brassiness


adjective brassier or brassiest
  1. insolent; brazen
  2. flashy; showy
  3. (of sound) harsh, strident, or resembling the sound of a brass instrument
  4. like brass, esp in colour
  5. decorated with or made of brass
  6. a variant spelling of brassie
Derived Formsbrassily, adverbbrassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brassiness



"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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