Etymology
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brassy (adj.)

"impudent," 1570s, from brass (n.) + -y (2). Compare brazen. The literal sense of "coated with brass" is from 1580s. The sense of "debased and pretentious" is from 1580s, from brass as contrasted with gold; the sense of "strident and artificial" is from 1865. Related: Brassily; brassiness.

updated on October 23, 2022

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