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[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.
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Origin of brassy

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

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[bras-ee, brah-see]
noun, plural brass·ies. Golf.
  1. brassie.
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or brass·y, brass·ey

[bras-ee, brah-see]
noun Golf.
  1. a club with a wooden head, the brass-plated face of which has more slope than a driver but less than a spoon, for hitting long, low drives on the fairway.
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Origin of brassie

First recorded in 1885–90; brass + -ie
Also called number two wood.
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Related Words for brassy

brash, bold, blaring, gaudy, rude, piercing, jazzy, flashy, jarring, shrill, arrant, barefaced, blatant, brazen, flirtatious, forward, garish, grating, hard, harsh

Examples from the Web for brassy

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Historical Examples of brassy

  • The morning of the election the sun heaved up on a brassy sky.

  • No, I think not, for Brassy prescribed for himself and I administered the medicine.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • Thank you, Brassy, but I do not care to accept your services.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer

    Colonel Prentiss Ingraham

  • For a moment the bold, brassy look was gone from her face, like a mask that had slipped.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • I shall play my brassy spoon, Purnell, the one with the yellow head.

    IT and Other Stories

    Gouverneur Morris

British Dictionary definitions for brassy


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
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Derived Formsbrassily, adverbbrassiness, noun



noun plural brassies
  1. golf a former name for a club, a No. 2 wood, originally having a brass-plated sole and with a shallower face than a driver to give more loft
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Word Origin and History for brassy


"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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