Main definitions of brassy in English

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brassy1

adjective

  • 1Resembling brass in colour.

    ‘the last rays of the sun were brassy and chill’
    • ‘The concert footage, captured in color, is bright and brassy, and even with all the fancy lighting and video backdrops, the transfer never resorts to flaring or bleeding.’
    • ‘There's a glittery, brassy sort of atmosphere.’
    • ‘And my friend Lesley will go a bundle on the tip to take the brassy tones out of dyed blonde hair by smothering your head in tomato ketchup.’
    • ‘And I noticed a young girl alone up the back leaning on the bar: late twenties, lots of brassy blonde curly hair, bright blue eyes.’
    • ‘Iron sulfide nodules typically are heavy, brassy yellow, flattened along bedding planes, and 2-10 cm in diameter.’
    • ‘Her hair was cut boy-short, a strange kind of brassy reddish-gold which made him think of thunderstorms.’
    • ‘She pointed to a young woman with brassy red hair.’
    • ‘For about a minute or so, I keep standing by the window, which is suddenly awash in brassy light from the sun falling behind the ridgeline.’
    • ‘In warm climates, Carolina jessamine is valued for early spring color - its brassy gold trumpets appear anywhere from February to April.’
    • ‘The flowers, which are brassy yellow, come in July.’
    • ‘He squinted up at the sun, which was burning bright and brassy now, and climbing the side of the sky.’
    1. 1.1 Sounding like a brass musical instrument; harsh and loud.
      ‘audience members are tapping their feet to the brassy music of the band’
      • ‘From an open storefront, a brassy jukebox was blaring.’
      • ‘Askew as the world often seems these days, indifferent to what were once taken to be common sense and common decency, the brassy tabloid offers daily proof that one isn't crazy - or alone.’
      • ‘It's a sociable port, with jaunty coconut palms lining its brassy waterfront, an agreeable jumble of architectural styles and a very lived-in sense of its own history.’
      • ‘But you have to know how to use bold, brassy rhythms to make light of serious subjects.’
      • ‘Maybe someone will invite me to a wonderfully cheesy party with a brassy dance band and those silver and gold pointed hats and those wonderful noisemakers that spin and spin and spin, making that horrible racket as they go around.’
      • ‘Both the poem and the painting scream like bold and brassy fire trucks as they herald a new interest in the art of the early 20th-century city.’
      • ‘The follow up chases hot on its heels with more brassy and in-your-face lyrics of defiance and determination.’
      • ‘Certainly both the music and these performances have real rhythmic life and a good deal of energy, even if some passages are over-scored and tip over into brassy bombast.’
      • ‘Music is loud and brassy at times, nearly inaudible at others.’
      • ‘Fat, low, brassy blues, cynical lyric-driven ballads, a minor key waltz on a musical saw, jazz, rock, blues, country - the whole album is a love song to music.’
      • ‘The music is effective, with brassy themes of shining goodness and bass-heavy themes of scowling evil.’
      • ‘Celebration and friendship washed over the brassy clutter of drawings, video projections, raw wood structures, handmade coins and other stuff.’
      • ‘The collection brings together French underground pop/psych music that was ascendent as the Gallic sun was setting on the more brassy go-go sounds of the mid-60s.’
      • ‘Percussion percolates and piano rollicks through a brassy arrangement that celebrates life and the beat.’
      • ‘Some are little lower-case moments; others big, bold and brassy.’
      • ‘The director shows stunning theatrical vision in her creation of a bright, brassy, and jubilantly sassy show that had the audience stamping for more.’
      • ‘It's brassy and bold even in its unapologetic presentation of sentimental pap.’
      • ‘Admittedly she's not the world's best singer, but her bold and brassy routine had something that once made us love her.’
      • ‘Backed by a 40-piece orchestra loaded with bold, brassy horns and lush, lavish strings, you'll certainly pick up on that late '70s sound.’
      • ‘A boy and a girl twirl frenetically yet effortlessly around a dance floor to the brassy rhythms of a swing band.’
      loud, blaring, noisy, thundering, booming, deafening, ear-splitting
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    2. 1.2 (typically of a woman) tastelessly showy or loud in appearance or manner.
      ‘her brassy, audacious exterior’
      • ‘This particular nest of welfare grubbers is not located in a slum tenement, though it's no less addicted to the public handouts and is absolutely brassy in its demand for more.’
      • ‘She's bold, brassy, determined to take on the Scottish parliament - and she's virtual.’
      • ‘Krystal was a brassy woman, with blond hair that was wrong and a laugh that didn't quite fit.’
      • ‘Some say they don't like Barbie because she is too brassy and they are into other things, like computer games.’
      • ‘The voiceover claims that one of the women ‘has come to finishing school to get rid of her cheap, brassy image’.’
      • ‘But this is a much different layout than McBroom's usual bold and brassy efforts.’
      • ‘Hear it and, at once, you can see her - blonde but not brassy, sexy but not tarty, dignified but funny, haughty but friendly.’
      • ‘She is brassy and bold and uses the rest of the press as her PR machine.’
      • ‘Where Monica was bold and brassy, Amanda was quite and demure.’
      • ‘She's brassy, outspoken, occasionally crass, and has a yachtload of money.’
      • ‘She is brassy, voluptuous, flirtatious, and fun-loving.’
      • ‘Phyllis is the bold and brassy landlady who plays her cards very close to her chest but reveals her more sensitive side.’
      • ‘She is a big, smart, brassy woman who, after three decades in the cesspool of Philadelphia crime, isn't fazed by much.’
      • ‘Her role here is just as brassy and showy, although it doesn't feature any singing.’
      • ‘But as the RADA-trained actress sees her reputation grow, she fears being typecast in roles as brassy northerners.’

Pronunciation

brassy

/ˈbrɑːsi/

Main definitions of brassy in English

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brassy2

noun