from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of or decorated with brass.
  • adj. Resembling brass, as in color.
  • adj. Music Resembling or characterized by the sound of brass instruments: "The band was now playing some brassy march” ( Robert Penn Warren).
  • adj. Cheap and showy; flashy.
  • adj. Informal Brazen; insolent.
  • n. Variant of brassie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling brass.
  • adj. Impudent; impudently bold.
  • n. Same as brassie

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to brass; having the nature, appearance, or hardness, of brass.
  • adj. Impudent; impudently bold.
  • n. A wooden club soled with brass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having any of the qualities of brass; brazen: chiefly used in a derogatory sense: as, a brassy taste; the coloring is brassy.
  • Brazen-faced; impudent.
  • n. A Scotch name of the bib, a gadoid fish.
  • n. A wooden golf-club shod with brass on the sole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling the sound of a brass instrument
  • adj. tastelessly showy
  • adj. unrestrained by convention or propriety


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