[ brey-zuhn ]
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  1. shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.

  2. made of brass.

  1. like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make brazen or bold.

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

Origin of brazen

First recorded before 1000; Middle English brasen (adjective), Old English bræsen “(made) of brass”; see brass

synonym study For brazen

1. See bold.

Other words for brazen

Other words from brazen

  • bra·zen·ly, adverb
  • bra·zen·ness, noun
  • out·bra·zen, verb (used with object)
  • un·bra·zen, adjective
  • un·bra·zen·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use brazen in a sentence

  • Her fresh complexion contrasted with their painted cheeks; her simple grace with their brazenness and vulgarity.

    The Great Gold Rush | W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • What a contrast to that hoary old sinner Heythorp, whose brazenness nothing could affect.

    Five Tales | John Galsworthy
  • Of one of two things was this exceeding frankness the outcome: either of importunate brazenness or of utter innocence.

    Whirligigs | O. Henry
  • Lois Montgomery Holton's brazenness had been brought to Waterman's attention convincingly at home.

    Otherwise Phyllis | Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for brazen


/ (ˈbreɪzən) /

  1. shameless and bold

  2. made of or resembling brass

  1. having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet

  1. (usually foll by out or through) to face and overcome boldly or shamelessly: the witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions

  2. to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash

Origin of brazen

Old English bræsen, from bræs brass

Derived forms of brazen

  • brazenly, adverb
  • brazenness, noun

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