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brash 1

Syllabification: brash


1Self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way: he could be brash, cocky, and arrogant
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  • 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.
  • For me, Australians are too brash, too cocky, too shallow and too plentiful.
  • Some teenagers are rude, brash and nasty; some are not.
1.1Strong, energetic, or irreverent: I like brash, vibrant flavors
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  • Hanger steak is as good as the one in the Paris outpost, sinewy, briny, and full of brash flavor.
  • Some are bright and brash, with worldly flavors.
  • 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.
1.2(Of a place or thing) having an ostentatious or tasteless appearance: the cafe was a brash new building
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  • 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.
  • Paris is mostly familiar to Shanghainese from the movies, no doubt appearing sophisticated and genteel in comparison to the brash cityscape mushrooming around them.


Pronunciation: /ˈbraSHlē/
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  • These guys have studied every clichéd turn of phrase, whiny affectation and hairdo, and the brashly '80s programming doesn't shuffle the deck enough to hide their derived, contrived strategy.
  • The ‘long-tail effect’, currently making waves from broadcasting to bookselling, is one of those suddenly ubiquitous notions brashly promising a revolution in consumer capitalism.
  • It was a few years later that the decorated building made a last brave stand, Art Deco's Egyptian colonnades and Moderne sunbursts sparkling brashly among dimmer stripped-classical and early modern façades.
Pronunciation: /ˈbraSHnəs/
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  • The politeness of the elderly was in marked contrast to the freshness, sometimes brashness, often deliberate, of the young, seen even in their responses to the questionnaire.
  • For I have realized that it is the city's very boldness and brashness that clearly identifies it as truly Chinese.
  • The tree is typically Carioca in its brashness and audacity, but despite the city's fondness for it, Rio is not famed for its yuletide.


Early 19th century (originally dialect); perhaps a form of rash1.

Words that rhyme with brash

abash, ash, Ashe, bash, cache, calash, cash, clash, crash, dash, encash, flash, gnash, hash, lash, mash, Nash, panache, pash, plash, rash, sash, slash, smash, soutache, splash, stash, thrash, trash
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brash 2 Syllabification: brash


1A mass of fragments, in particular.
1.1Loose broken rock or ice.
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  • This image shows icebergs and brash ice along the shore of western Greenland.
  • During the same time, measurements of the brash ice depth and water temperature were made from a Coast Guard icebreaker.
  • 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.


Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

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