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
Its design had the brashness, homeliness and charm of the early web.
What really hooks you is the novel's mixture of brashness and lyricism.
Academic careers last much longer, and youthful brashness is rarely forgiven.
Brashness should not be confused with status-consciousness, nor a sense of self
  with narcissism.
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