[ 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.

  1. harsh and metallic: brassy tones.

  2. brazen; bold; loud.

  3. noisy; clamorous: a big, brassy nightclub.

Origin of brassy

First recorded in 1570–80; brass + -y1

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Opposites for brassy

Other words from brassy

  • brass·i·ly, adverb
  • brass·i·ness, noun

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Other definitions for brassy (2 of 2)

[ bras-ee, brah-see ]

noun,plural brass·ies.Golf. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use brassy in a sentence

  • It's inspired by the women she sees on Tumblr who are "bright, brash, and brassy," she explains.

    The Plus-Size Blogging Craze | Judy McGuire | February 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Findin' himsilf in a bad lie, he undhertook to use a brassy in a spirit iv nawthin' venture nawthin' gain.

    Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
  • For a moment the bold, brassy look was gone from her face, like a mask that had slipped.

    Space Prison | Tom Godwin
  • The brassy noonday fervor, blazing from an unclouded sky, starkly revealed every detail.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • He gazed in silence at Mr. Bryany's brassy and yet simple face, and did not like the face either.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • From where the ball lay an easy brassy brought it near enough to the green to negotiate another four.

    Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for brassy


/ (ˈbrɑːsɪ) /

adjectivebrassier or brassiest
  1. insolent; brazen

  2. flashy; showy

  1. (of sound) harsh, strident, or resembling the sound of a brass instrument

  2. like brass, esp in colour

  3. decorated with or made of brass

  4. a variant spelling of brassie

Derived forms of brassy

  • brassily, adverb
  • brassiness, noun

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