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Definition of "brassy" [brass•y]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brassy" in a sentence
  • ""Well," said Thomas, as he reached his ball, "that's not what I call a brassy lie.""
  • "Â Oscillator 2 provides a-not particularly "brassy" - pulse wave, which brings in the ensemble."
  • "By adding the extra color, Sharp says, a TV's color gamut can be expanded from millions to trillions of colors, resulting in more natural, truer images, and the ability to more accurately display hard-to-depict colors, such as brassy gold."