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[bras-ee, brah-see] /ˈbræs i, ˈbrɑ si/
adjective, brassier, brassiest.
1.
made of or covered with brass.
2.
resembling brass, as in color.
3.
harsh and metallic:
brassy tones.
4.
brazen; bold; loud.
5.
noisy; clamorous:
a big, brassy nightclub.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; brass + -y1
Related forms
brassily, adverb
brassiness, noun
Synonyms
4. insolent, saucy, forward, cheeky, brash.
Antonyms
4. modest, shy, retiring.
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British Dictionary definitions for brassiness

brassy

/ˈbrɑːsɪ/
adjective brassier, brassiest
1.
insolent; brazen
2.
flashy; showy
3.
(of sound) harsh, strident, or resembling the sound of a brass instrument
4.
like brass, esp in colour
5.
decorated with or made of brass
6.
a variant spelling of brassie
Derived Forms
brassily, adverb
brassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brassiness

brassy

adj.

"impudent," 1570s, from brass + -y (2). Cf. brazen. Sense of "debased and pretentious" is from 1580s, from brass as contrasted with gold; sense of "strident and artificial" is from 1865. Related: Brassily; brassiness.

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