brazen

[brey-zuhn]

adjective

shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.
made of brass.
like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.

verb (used with object)

to make brazen or bold.

Verb Phrases

brazen out/through, to face boldly or shamelessly: He prefers to brazen it out rather than admit defeat.

Origin of brazen

before 1000; Middle English brasen (adjective), Old English bræsen “of brass
Related formsbra·zen·ly, adverbbra·zen·ness, nounout·bra·zen, verb (used with object)un·bra·zen, adjectiveun·bra·zen·ly, adverbun·bra·zen·ness, noun

Synonyms for brazen

1. insolent, defiant. 1, 3. brassy.

Synonym study

1. See bold.
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Examples from the Web for brazenly

Contemporary Examples of brazenly

Historical Examples of brazenly

  • Here, they are brazenly advertised as "afternoon teas" to lure the unwary.

  • "Yes, I know; that's why he needs me," said Duncan brazenly.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "I know it," said Burt, brazenly, but he did not meet Anne's astonished eyes.

  • While she ranted, he brazenly began writing in visible ink once more.

    Droozle

    Frank Banta

  • "Of course you deny it," said Bill Mosely, brazenly persisting in his falsehood.

    Ben's Nugget

    Horatio, Jr. Alger


British Dictionary definitions for brazenly

brazen

adjective

shameless and bold
made of or resembling brass
having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet

verb (tr)

(usually foll by out or through) to face and overcome boldly or shamelesslythe witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Derived Formsbrazenly, adverbbrazenness, noun

Word Origin for brazen

Old English bræsen, from bræs brass
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Word Origin and History for brazenly

brazen

adj.

Old English bræsen "of brass," from bræs "brass" (see brass) + -en (2). The figurative sense of "hardened in effrontery" is 1570s (in brazen-face), perhaps suggesting a face unable to show shame (see brass). To brazen it out "face impudently" is from 1550s.

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