Brassiness

brassy

1 [bras-ee, brah-see]
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:
1570–80; brass + -y1

brassily, adverb
brassiness, noun


4. insolent, saucy, forward, cheeky, brash.


4. modest, shy, retiring.
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brassy (ˈbrɑːsɪ)
 
adj , 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
 
'brassily
 
adv
 
'brassiness
 
n

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brassy
"impudent," 1570s, from brass (cf. brazen). Sense of "debased and pretentious" is from 1580s, from brass as contrasted with gold; sense of "strident and artificial" is from 1865.
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