brash

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Uncertain. Perhaps from Scots brash, brasch (a violent onset; an attack or assault). Or perhaps related to Dutch bars (stern; strict), German barsch (harsh; unfriendly), Danish barsk (harsh; rough; tough), Swedish barsk (harsh; impetuous).

Adjective[edit]

brash (comparative brasher or more brash, superlative brashest or most brash)

  1. Impetuous or rash.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grose to this entry?)
  2. Insensitive or tactless.
  3. Impudent or shameless.
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Noun[edit]

brash (countable and uncountable, plural brashes)

  1. A rash or eruption; a sudden or transient fit of sickness.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare American English bresk, brusk (fragile, brittle).

Adjective[edit]

brash (comparative brasher or more brash, superlative brashest or most brash)

  1. (US, colloquial, dated) Brittle (said e.g. of wood or vegetables).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)

Noun[edit]

brash (countable and uncountable, plural brashes)

  1. Leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.
  2. (geology) Broken and angular rock fragments underlying alluvial deposits.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lyell to this entry?)
  3. Broken fragments of ice.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Kane to this entry?)

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Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

brash (plural brashes)

  1. illness, fit

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