Main definitions of brash in English

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brash1

adjective

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

    ‘he could be brash, cocky, and arrogant’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The struggling scriptwriter is caught in the middle of this dispute, while his pretty wife falls increasingly into the arms of the brash producer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may lie on the beach cursing the brash, noisy idiots who zoom up and down the coast disturbing your hangover.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe it's time we dropped the charade and accepted that we're as brash and pushy as any New York cabbie ever was.’
    • ‘This dramatic comedy from 1942 plays off the match of polar opposites, the brash sports reporter Craig and the brilliant political commentator Hepburn.’
    • ‘‘Being confident does not mean being brash and aggressive; it means being politely assertive,’ she opines.’
    • ‘They were loud, brash, and obnoxious, and Tanj couldn't imagine how they'd been admitted to the auction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quite funny how this brash and loud student totally changed when he got to meet his hero and started acting all bashful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For me, Australians are too brash, too cocky, too shallow and too plentiful.’
    • ‘Carl was now fully enraged with the audacity of the brash detective.’
    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. 1.1Strong, energetic, or irreverent.
      ‘I like brash, vibrant flavors’
      • ‘How, after all, could they be blamed for their brash vulgarity, when wealth came to them so easily?’
      • ‘Allen does a fine job, from his first brash appearance to his last scene.’
      • ‘I hear voices, loud, brash voices that sound like metal being scraped on slate.’
      • ‘Gentle is the word, and among a record full of brash, loud screams, this whisper comes across all the more successfully.’
      • ‘Teenage lettuces are still young and brash, and that's when their flavor is best.’
      • ‘Those who overcome their caution experience Johannesburg as a brash, vibrant fast-talking city which fancies itself as the continent's answer to New York.’
      • ‘I've come home, to next door still playing loud, brash music.’
      • ‘Adrian pushed open the doors to the pit and a wave of loud and brash music filled their ears.’
      • ‘My attentions were interrupted when the conversation over at that long and prominent table became brash and joyfully loud.’
      • ‘It was a loud, brash statement about the stupidity of war.’
      • ‘New York City is synonymous with big, bold, brash gestures.’
      • ‘The Central Line would be noisy, brash and speedy too with a bit of a split personality.’
      • ‘Some are bright and brash, with worldly flavors.’
      • ‘His loud, brash speech the previous day was clearly a leader's speech in depth and breadth.’
      • ‘It had taken time for people to come to terms with his admittedly loud, brash style.’
      • ‘That, I fear, is the very same reason why so many oppose its expansion: all those undergraduates from elsewhere invading the city with their brash opinions and noisy pastimes.’
      • ‘Loud, brash and pacey, it's a live injection of pure pop and skilled songwriting.’
      • ‘Hanger steak is as good as the one in the Paris outpost, sinewy, briny, and full of brash flavor.’
      • ‘It's been loud, brash and controversial, not to mention shrill, accusatory and inky.’
      • ‘From one scene to the next, you don't know whether to expect a tender reconciliation, a brash and vulgar insult, or a martial arts extravaganza.’
    2. 1.2(of a place or thing) having an ostentatious or tasteless appearance.
      ‘the cafe was a brash new building’
      • ‘The piano was transformed from gentle intimacy to huge, brash vulgarity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paris is mostly familiar to Shanghainese from the movies, no doubt appearing sophisticated and genteel in comparison to the brash cityscape mushrooming around them.’
      • ‘It was like any other Mediterranean metropolis: loud, brash and hot.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘It is an image that is brash, arrogant, ruthless, cold and heartless.’
      • ‘It's quite brash and flashy, so I'm sure it will be worth exploring.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Billboards advertising assorted Americana jostle for position with US-style shopping malls and brash, brutalist hotels.’
      • ‘Visually, it's an astonishing piece of adrenaline-fuelled cinema at its brash, flashy best.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The city is bright, brash, and expensive both to those who have to live here and those who come to visit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Usually, Sydney is rude, brash, and tarty: the New York of the Southern Hemisphere.’
      • ‘The combination of garish cartoon colours and brash graphic quality is totally euphoric.’
      • ‘‘They’ are political advertisements, noisy, brash things that permeate the landscape every election cycle.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

brash

/braSH/

Main definitions of brash in English

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brash2

noun

  • 1A mass of fragments, in particular.

    1. 1.1Loose broken rock or ice.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A subsurface impulse radar system on board a cutter was used to measure brash ice thickness in the Great Lakes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After two days of being locked in by brash ice at Spring Point, we're finally on the move again.’
      • ‘During the same time, measurements of the brash ice depth and water temperature were made from a Coast Guard icebreaker.’
      • ‘This image shows icebergs and brash ice along the shore of western Greenland.’

Origin

Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

brash

/braSH/