brazen
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English brasen, from Old English bræsen, from bræs brass Date: before 12th century 1. made of brass 2. a. sounding harsh and loud like struck brass b. of the color of polished brass 3. marked by contemptuous boldness <
a brazen disregard for the rules
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brazenly adverbbrazenness noun II. transitive verb (brazened; brazening) Date: circa 1555 to face with defiance or impudence — usually used in the phrase brazen it out

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  • Brazen — Bra zen, a.[OE. brasen, AS. br[ae]sen. See {Brass}.] 1. Pertaining to, made of, or resembling, brass. [1913 Webster] 2. Sounding harsh and loud, like resounding brass. [1913 Webster] 3. Impudent; immodest; shameless; having a front like brass; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brazen — may refer to: * Brazen (TV series), a British television show * Brazen (Weep) , a song by Skunk Anansie * Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc …   Wikipedia

  • brazen — (adj.) O.E. bræsen of brass, from bræs brass (see BRASS (Cf. brass)) + EN (Cf. en) (2). The figurative sense of hardened in effrontery is 1570s (in brazen face), perhaps suggesting a face unable to show shame (see BRASS (Cf. brass)). To brazen it …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brazen — Bra zen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brazened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brazening}.] To carry through impudently or shamelessly; as, to brazen the matter through. [1913 Webster] Sabina brazened it out before Mrs. Wygram, but inwardly she was resolved to be a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brazen — ► ADJECTIVE 1) bold and shameless. 2) literary made of brass. ► VERB (brazen it out) ▪ endure a difficult situation with apparent confidence and lack of shame. DERIVATIVES brazenly adverb. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • brazen — [brā′zən] adj. [ME brasen < OE bræsen < bræs,BRASS] 1. of brass 2. like brass in color or other qualities 3. showing no shame; bold; impudent 4. having the ringing sound of brass; harsh and piercing brazen it out …   English World dictionary

  • brazen — I adjective arrogant, assuming, audacious, aweless, barefaced, blatant, bluff, bold, boldfaced, brash, conscienceless, daring, defiant, disrespectful, familiar, flagrant, flaunting, flippant, forward, immodest, immoral, impertinent, impudens,… …   Law dictionary

  • brazen — *shameless, brash, impudent Analogous words: callous, *hardened, indurated: insolent, arrogant (see PROUD): rash, reckless (see ADVENTUROUS): bold, audacious (see BRAVE) Antonyms: bashful Contrasted words: *shy, diffident …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brazen — [adj] brash, unashamed audacious, barefaced, blatant, bold, brassy, cheeky, cocky, contumelious, defiant, flashy, flip, forward, gritty, gutsy, hotshot*, immodest, impertinent, impudent, indecent, insolent, loud, meretricious, nervy, overbold,… …   New thesaurus

  • brazen — bra|zen1 [ˈbreızən] adj [: Old English; Origin: brAsen, from brAs; BRASS] 1.) used to describe a person or the actions of a person who is not embarrassed about behaving in a wrong or immoral way ▪ At first I was scared, but as I went on, I became …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brazen — brazenly, adv. brazenness, n. /bray zeuhn/, adj. 1. shameless or impudent: brazen presumption. 2. made of brass. 3. like brass, as in sound, color, or strength. v.t. 4. to make brazen or bold. 5. brazen out or …   Universalium

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