[ bruhsht ]
/ brʌʃt /


having a nap raised or a surface produced by a brushing process: brushed cotton.

Nearby words

  1. brush-off,
  2. brush-on,
  3. brush-tailed phalanger,
  4. brush-tailed possum,
  5. brushback,
  6. brushfire,
  7. brushland,
  8. brushless,
  9. brushmark,
  10. brushpopper

Origin of brushed

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at brush1, -ed2

Related formsun·brushed, adjectivewell-brushed, adjective

Origin of brush

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English brusshe, probably to be identified with brush2, if orig. sense was implement made from twigs, etc., culled from brushwood; (v.) Middle English brushen to hasten, rush, probably < Old French brosser to travel (through brush), verbal derivative of broce (see brush2)

Related formsbrush·a·ble, adjectivebrush·er, nounbrush·like, adjectiveun·brush·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brushed

British Dictionary definitions for brushed


/ (brʌʃt) /


textiles treated with a brushing process to raise the nap and give a softer, warmer finishbrushed nylon


/ (brʌʃ) /



Derived Formsbrusher, nounbrushlike, adjective

Word Origin for brush

C14: from Old French broisse, perhaps from broce brush ²


/ (brʌʃ) /


a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
land covered with scrub
broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods

Word Origin for brush

C16 (dense undergrowth), C14 (cuttings of trees): from Old French broce, from Vulgar Latin bruscia (unattested) brushwood

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Word Origin and History for brushed
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Idioms and Phrases with brushed


In addition to the idioms beginning with brush

  • brush aside
  • brush off
  • brush up

also see:

  • give someone the air (brush off)
  • have a brush with
  • tarred with the same brush
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