[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.

Nearby words

  1. brassica,
  2. brassicaceous,
  3. brassie,
  4. brassiere,
  5. brassware,
  6. brassó,
  7. brasília,
  8. brat,
  9. brat pack,
  10. bratislava

Origin of brassy

First recorded in 1570–80; brass + -y1

Related formsbrass·i·ly, adverbbrass·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for brassiness


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 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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