Definition of brazen in US English:

brazen

adjective

  • 1Bold and without shame.

    ‘he went about his illegal business with a brazen assurance’
    ‘a brazen hussy’
    • ‘Packs of dogs roam the streets of South America - collarless and brazen, unabashedly unneutered.’
    • ‘How can such brazen defiance of health and safety regulations be tolerated?’
    • ‘But the only man she was concerned about stood bold and brazen in front.’
    • ‘Of course, Carole was ignored, the brazen hussy!’
    • ‘While child abduction is nothing new, the perpetrators are becoming bolder and more brazen.’
    • ‘The brazen hussy (as Mrs. Chadwick fondly refers to her) then strolls off in search of a stiff drink.’
    • ‘From the first page on, there's a blunt, blatant, even brazen certainty in this work.’
    • ‘The fact that there was a time when a respectable woman could only pop the question herself in one year out of every four, without appearing forward and brazen, is downright amazing.’
    • ‘Emmanuelle scoffed as she met his eyes with brazen defiance.’
    • ‘However, sometimes a brazen BFF is so bold, brash and fearless that her naughty behavior threatens to get you both in deep trouble.’
    • ‘I won't be surprised if the striking ‘colonels’ have been generously compensated for their brazen defiance of military norms.’
    • ‘Each time P. would try to apply a layer within paw's reach Cindy would swat at the tube as if to say, ‘No human of mine is going out looking like a brazen hussy.’’
    • ‘The brazen birds are becoming bolder by the year, encouraged by litter from takeaway meals and thoughtless people who throw them food.’
    • ‘No one at Wentworth was brazen enough to make a bold prediction.’
    • ‘I mean, my standards weren't set too high as I knew her acting ability was probably limited to playing a brazen hussy with a deep voice, but still.’
    • ‘The book is subtitled ‘bold females and their brazen acts.’’
    • ‘Here you cannot ignore, barefaced and brazen, the meaning of a ruinous global orthodoxy.’
    • ‘Is he going to be this brazen, this bold all the time?’
    • ‘The challenge is to win the fight to be ordinary - not to be forced into the role of camp court jesters or brazen sapphic hussies.’
    • ‘I do not know that, but I know a brazen hussy when I see one.’
    bold, shameless, as bold as brass, brazen-faced, forward, presumptuous, brash, immodest, unashamed, unabashed, unembarrassed, unblushing
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  • 2archaic, literary Made of brass.

    • ‘Here, you can find traces of human residences, including a neglected paddy field, collapsed stone walls, and broken nickel silverware and brazen kitchenware.’
    • ‘It provided easy access into the building for the items that both vestries and vandals are fond of: silverware, brassware, bells and brazen censers.’
    • ‘In the circuit of the wall are 100 gates, all of brass with brazen lintels.’
    • ‘Among the Barcaeans there was a skilled worker in brass who took a brazen shield and, carrying it round within the wall, applied it here and there at places where he thought the workings might be.’
    brass, made of brass, metallic
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    1. 2.1 Harsh in sound.
      ‘the music's brazen chords’
      • ‘David asked, hoping to make himself sound brazen as he returned the phone to his ear.’
      • ‘At the heel of that brazen din, the bullhorn sounded again - the fishing boats scattered enough that the ferry could squeeze along the length of the pier.’
      • ‘The first movement is full of blistering winds and brazen sounds, as from an ancient, pagan army.’
      • ‘It was harsh, brazen, forward, passionate, and abrasive.’
      • ‘This is the first good 60s track we've had, it sounds like a brazen attempt to keep ‘up to date’, fusing beat elements to Shannon's basic unchanging style.’

verb

[with object]brazen something out
  • Endure an embarrassing or difficult situation by behaving with apparent confidence and lack of shame.

    • ‘But anyone with a friend or relative in the US, and an inclination to do so, will blithely continue to brazen it out with the traffic law enforcers.’
    • ‘The signs that Mr Molloy was brazening things out meant things were getting better and better for the Opposition.’
    • ‘He was forced into an admission, including the use of 2,000 prepaid envelopes to send out the forgery, and hoped to brazen things out with an apology.’
    • ‘If he's prepared to brazen it out with the handbag, why not with the geek pie?’
    • ‘But whether they choose to brazen it out or humbly confess, sue for libel or live like a recluse, there is little the disgraced can do to stop the frisson of pleasure we feel at their discomfort.’
    • ‘She was talking too loudly, brazening it out, but since she wouldn't talk about what was really bothering her, there wasn't anything I could do.’
    • ‘You were under the influence of a violent and controlling man, but you have shown no remorse - you brazened the trial out.’
    • ‘Is anyone in this Government prepared to take political responsibility for what has occurred or are they simply going to brazen it out as normal?’
    • ‘The government is short of cash and will likely brazen it out.’
    • ‘He had only one option - to brazen it out and hope that, like Benedict Arnold, he would survive.’
    • ‘I'm not sure I'd be as confident in my abilities - or at least in my ability to brazen it out when I was wrong.’
    • ‘The alternative is to brazen it out and relish the impact you make.’
    • ‘As one veteran prison officer said: ‘Jamieson is brazening it out but she must be sitting at home this weekend with her fingers crossed that nothing else goes wrong.’’
    • ‘They just decide to brazen it out and here am I left out in the cold.’
    • ‘In one way, you might argue, if what was involved was unimportant - a parking ticket or whatever - the instinctive knee-jerk reaction to cover it up, to brazen it out was peripheral enough in the great scheme of things.’
    • ‘It was clear that she was trying to brazen it out, but it wasn't entirely working.’
    • ‘Of course, if we had brazened it out a bit more people might hardly have noticed.’
    • ‘Yet I imagine he'll brazen it out like all those other high-flyers schmoozed by employee benefit consultants into thinking like supermodels.’
    • ‘In some scenes Bond brazens it out, fists flailing or guns blazing, to pick off the enemy, but most of the time greater cunning is needed.’
    • ‘There was no escaping it - I would have to brazen it out.’
    put on a bold front, put a bold face on it, be defiant, be unrepentant, be impenitent, be unashamed, be unabashed, stand one's ground
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Phrasal Verbs

  • brazen it (or something) out

Origin

Old English bræsen ‘made of brass’, from bræs ‘brass’, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

brazen

/ˈbrāzən//ˈbreɪzən/