Main definitions of brash in English

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brash1

adjective

  • 1Self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way:

    ‘he was brash, cocky, and arrogant’
    • ‘I didn't really like this new Annabelle at all: she wasn't her old friendly self, she was hostile, brash and rude and she clearly held a large grudge towards me.’
    • ‘She was brash and bold and unafraid of rubbing people the wrong way, so he knew that even if he thought she should leave him alone, she wouldn't, and that was what he needed.’
    • ‘The struggling scriptwriter is caught in the middle of this dispute, while his pretty wife falls increasingly into the arms of the brash producer.’
    • ‘It may be simply because they were all similar to the profile of corrupt officers that I've seen in the past, who seem to be invariably brash and arrogant and have an interest in gambling and hard living.’
    • ‘Quite funny how this brash and loud student totally changed when he got to meet his hero and started acting all bashful.’
    • ‘For me, Australians are too brash, too cocky, too shallow and too plentiful.’
    • ‘A noisy, brash American, he never knew he was beaten and gave absolutely everything on every point of every game, no matter how apparently hopeless the cause.’
    • ‘You may lie on the beach cursing the brash, noisy idiots who zoom up and down the coast disturbing your hangover.’
    • ‘Edwards has been accused in the past of being too brash, arrogant, and selfish, but has made an effort to be more mature and team-oriented.’
    • ‘This dramatic comedy from 1942 plays off the match of polar opposites, the brash sports reporter Craig and the brilliant political commentator Hepburn.’
    • ‘They come across as quite brash at first, but I soon realised they were vulnerable young men with their hearts set on high-flying football careers.’
    • ‘Americans love a winner, and after years of muted reactions from fans and media alike here, the sisters have finally gone from being brash upstarts to all-American champions in the public imagination.’
    • ‘I had this idea of him being loud and brash when in fact he's laid back and quiet with this fantastic wit.’
    • ‘Some teenagers are rude, brash and nasty; some are not.’
    • ‘Maybe it's time we dropped the charade and accepted that we're as brash and pushy as any New York cabbie ever was.’
    • ‘Carl was now fully enraged with the audacity of the brash detective.’
    • ‘She was portrayed as a bit of a lad, very brash, by music journalists, but really she is very quietly spoken, doesn't shoot her mouth off, very intelligent and - she'll hate me for saying this - just very nice.’
    • ‘They were loud, brash, and obnoxious, and Tanj couldn't imagine how they'd been admitted to the auction.’
    • ‘In his native England, he's earned himself a reputation for being brash and arrogant, but he was sincerely bewildered and grateful at the big turn-out for their first Canadian show.’
    • ‘‘Being confident does not mean being brash and aggressive; it means being politely assertive,’ she opines.’
    self-assertive, assertive, cocksure, full of oneself, self-confident, arrogant, thrusting, bold, as bold as brass, audacious, brazen, brazen-faced
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    1. 1.1 Having an ostentatious or tasteless appearance:
      ‘the cafe was a brash new building’
      • ‘I'm especially partial to looking at the buildings which hover above the brash and uniform shop fronts in most British town centres - like looking through someone's drawers, you get an insight to the true character of a place.’
      • ‘The combination of garish cartoon colours and brash graphic quality is totally euphoric.’
      • ‘The piano was transformed from gentle intimacy to huge, brash vulgarity.’
      • ‘It's quite brash and flashy, so I'm sure it will be worth exploring.’
      • ‘The exposed white appears in a brash yellow field, a pale blue sky and the hide of a large gray cow, unifying the painting, which burns like a summer's high noon.’
      • ‘‘They’ are political advertisements, noisy, brash things that permeate the landscape every election cycle.’
      • ‘A brash modern building, it may not have the atmosphere of the Art Nouveau building next door, but it creates its own style with high balconies surrounding the lobby covered in lush greenery.’
      • ‘The inspector said in his report that, while not ideal, the colour scheme and lettering on the pub sign were not so unsympathetic or brash as to reduce the special interest of the listed building as a whole.’
      • ‘Then, in late winter or early spring, clusters of brash, bright purple flowers appear: I just know that if they came at any other time of the year, I would hate them!’
      • ‘Critics say it's tacky, noisy, and stuck in a time warp, those of us who love it agree with all that, that's what it's all about, being big, brash, gaudy and over the top.’
      • ‘Visually, it's an astonishing piece of adrenaline-fuelled cinema at its brash, flashy best.’
      • ‘It was like any other Mediterranean metropolis: loud, brash and hot.’
      • ‘We might want to live in one we could justifiably call old, or quaint, modern, or minimalist, but we might feel less enthusiastic once we had come to think of the same property as decrepit, poky, brash, or bleak.’
      • ‘It is an image that is brash, arrogant, ruthless, cold and heartless.’
      • ‘The city is bright, brash, and expensive both to those who have to live here and those who come to visit.’
      • ‘Billboards advertising assorted Americana jostle for position with US-style shopping malls and brash, brutalist hotels.’
      • ‘Paris is mostly familiar to Shanghainese from the movies, no doubt appearing sophisticated and genteel in comparison to the brash cityscape mushrooming around them.’
      • ‘Usually, Sydney is rude, brash, and tarty: the New York of the Southern Hemisphere.’
      garish, gaudy, loud, over-bright, ostentatious, showy, flamboyant, flashy, vulgar, tasteless, tawdry
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Origin

Early 19th century (originally dialect); perhaps a form of rash.

Pronunciation:

brash

/braʃ/

Main definitions of brash in English

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brash2

noun

  • 1Loose broken rock or ice:

    [as modifier] ‘brash ice’
    • ‘This image shows icebergs and brash ice along the shore of western Greenland.’
    • ‘A brash ice jam in the South Channel of the St. Clair River was profiled in February 1987 using a helicopter-borne short-pulse radar operating in the UHF band near 500 MHz.’
    • ‘The report concludes that these antennas can be used to determine sheet ice thickness and to supply information to help in the detection of brash ice.’
    • ‘During the same time, measurements of the brash ice depth and water temperature were made from a Coast Guard icebreaker.’
    • ‘A subsurface impulse radar system on board a cutter was used to measure brash ice thickness in the Great Lakes.’
    • ‘After two days of being locked in by brash ice at Spring Point, we're finally on the move again.’
  • 2Clippings from hedges, shrubs, or other plants:

    ‘cutting up the timber and burning the brash’
    • ‘The spreading of heather brash has become a yearly task at the Marsden estate, near Huddersfield, to control erosion which is exacerbated by grazing and trampling.’
    • ‘Brash retention alone appears unlikely to provide sufficient nutrition for optimum long-term tree growth on poorer sites.’
    • ‘The operator raises them every 4-5 metres to release the gathered brash.’
    • ‘Brash removal, particularly from nutrient poor sites, represents a substantial source of nutrients while its removal may also lead to soil acidification.’
    • ‘The amount of brash available can depend on a number of factors.’
    • ‘The heather brash - heather which has been cut in the autumn and baled, loaded with seeds - is spread to create a mulch or microclimate, protecting the peat’

Origin

Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

brash

/braʃ/