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brash

[brash] /bræʃ/
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.
6.
7.
Pathology, heartburn (def 1).
8.
Scot. and North England Dialect.
  1. a sudden shower or burst of rain.
  2. any sudden, minor sickness or indisposition, especially of the digestive tract.
  3. an assault; attack.
Origin of brash
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Related forms
brashly, adverb
brashness, noun
Synonyms
2. reckless, overhasty, imprudent, foolhardy, precipitate.
Antonyms
2. cautious, wary, prudent, careful.
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  • "Well, I wasn't to say brash," returned her husband slowly and soothingly.

    Stories of the Foot-hills Margaret Collier Graham
  • It should always be a dry, sound stick, brash, but not in the least punky.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • On the other hand, could I renig on the job after all that brash line of talk I'd given Vee?

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • If this brash young Ranger wanted a fight he could have it on the jump.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • I was too ha'd an' too brash in my talk de othah night, an' de Lawd visited my sins upon my haid.

British Dictionary definitions for brash

brash1

/bræʃ/
adjective
1.
tastelessly or offensively loud, showy, or bold
2.
hasty; rash
3.
impudent
Derived Forms
brashly, adverb
brashness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps influenced by rash1

brash2

/bræʃ/
noun
1.
loose rubbish, such as broken rock, hedge clippings, etc; debris
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

brash3

/bræʃ/
noun
1.
(pathol) another name for heartburn
Word Origin
C16: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for brash
adj.

1824, of obscure origin, originally American English; perhaps akin to 16c. Scottish brash "attack, assault," or French breche "fragments," especially of ice, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brehha "breach," from brehhan "to break"), or to German brechen "to vomit."

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