brash
I. adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1566 1. brittle <
brash wood
>
2. a. heedless of the consequences ; audacious <
a brash adventurer
>
b. done in haste without regard for consequences ; rash <
brash acts
>
3. a. full of fresh raw vitality <
a brash frontier town
>
b. uninhibitedly energetic or demonstrative ; bumptious <
a brash comedian
>
4. a. lacking restraint and discernment ; tactless <
brash remarks
>
b. aggressively self-assertive ; impudent <
brash to the point of arrogance
>
5. piercingly sharp ; harsh <
a brash squeal of brakes
>
6. marked by vivid contrast ; bold <
brash colors
>
brashly adverbbrashness noun II. noun Etymology: obsolete English brash to breach a wall Date: 1787 a mass of fragments (as of ice)

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