brash

[brash]
adjective, brasher, brashest. Also, brashy.
1.
impertinent; impudent; tactless: a brash young man.
2.
hasty; rash; impetuous.
3.
energetic or highly spirited, especially in an irreverent way; zesty: a brash new musical.
4.
(used especially of wood) brittle.
noun
5.
a pile or stack of loose fragments or debris, as of rocks or hedge clippings.
7.
Pathology, heartburn ( def 1 ).
8.
Scot. and North England Dialect.
a.
a sudden shower or burst of rain.
b.
any sudden, minor sickness or indisposition, especially of the digestive tract.
c.
an assault; attack.

Origin:
1400–50; (noun) late Middle English brass(c)he a slap, crash, perhaps blend of brok(e) (Old English broc breach, fragment, sickness; akin to break) and dasch smashing blow; see dash1; (adj.) in sense “brittle,” derivative of noun; in sense “hasty” by confusion with rash1

brashly, adverb
brashness, noun


2. reckless, overhasty, imprudent, foolhardy, precipitate.


2. cautious, wary, prudent, careful.
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brash1 (bræʃ)
 
adj
1.  tastelessly or offensively loud, showy, or bold
2.  hasty; rash
3.  impudent
 
[C19: perhaps influenced by rash1]
 
'brashly1
 
adv
 
'brashness1
 
n

brash2 (bræʃ)
 
n
loose rubbish, such as broken rock, hedge clippings, etc; debris
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

brash3 (bræʃ)
 
n
pathol another name for heartburn
 
[C16: perhaps of imitative origin]

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brash
1824, of obscure origin, originally Amer.Eng.; perhaps akin to 16c. Scottish brash "attack, assault," or Fr. breche "fragments," especially of ice, from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. brehha "breach," from brehhan "to break"), or to Ger. brechen "to vomit."
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Example sentences
Kirk was brash and emotional.
Some could read Barnes' statement as brash or rude, even unsportsmanlike.
He was known as brash and iconoclastic, and a fabulous teacher.
When the science community uses brash tactics to fend off skeptics, I smell
  desparation.
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