brash

brashly, adv.brashness, n.
/brash/, adj., brasher, brashest, n.
adj. Also, brashy.
1. impertinent; impudent; tactless: a brash young man.
2. hasty; rash; impetuous.
3. energetic or highly spirited, esp. in an irreverent way; zesty: a brash new musical.
4. (used esp. of wood) brittle.
n.
5. a pile or stack of loose fragments or debris, as of rocks or hedge clippings.
6. See brash ice.
7. Pathol. heartburn (def. 1).
8. Scot. and North Eng. Dial.
a. a sudden shower or burst of rain.
b. any sudden, minor sickness or indisposition, esp. of the digestive tract.
c. an assault; attack.
[1400-50; (n.) late ME brass(c)he a slap, crash, perh. b. brok(e) (OE broc breach, fragment, sickness; akin to BREAK) and dasch smashing blow; see DASH1; (adj.) in sense "brittle," deriv. of n.; in sense "hasty" by confusion with RASH1]
Syn. 2. reckless, overhasty, imprudent, foolhardy, precipitate.
Ant. 2. cautious, wary, prudent, careful.

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