- If your mother says not to take a cookie and you proudly go right up and grab one anyway, this is an example of when you are brazen.
- If a candlestick is made of brass, this is an example of brazen.
- of brass
- like brass in color or other qualities
- showing no shame; bold; impudent
- having the ringing sound of brass; harsh and piercing
Origin of brazenMiddle English brasen ; from Old English bræsen ; from bræs, brass
brazen it out
- Unrestrained by a sense of shame; rudely bold. See Synonyms at shameless.
- Having a loud, usually harsh, resonant sound: “sudden brazen clashes of the soldiers' band” (James Joyce).
- a. Made of brass.b. Resembling brass, as in color or strength.
transitive verbbra·zened, bra·zen·ing, bra·zens
Origin of brazenMiddle English brasen, made of brass, from Old English bræsen, from bræs, brass.
(comparative more brazen, superlative most brazen)
- (archaic) Pertaining to, made of, or resembling brass (in color or strength).
- Sounding harsh and loud, like brass cymbals or brass instruments.
- (archaic) Extremely strong; impenetrable.
- Shamelessly shocking and offensive; impudent; barefaced; immodest; or unblushing.
- Brazen enough to spit on one of her students during class and wipe it in with her hand.
(third-person singular simple present brazens, present participle brazening, simple past and past participle brazened)
- To carry through in a brazen manner. Generally used with out or through.
Sense was originally literally “of brass”; figurative verb sense "brazen it out" (face impudently) from 1550s, and adjective sense “impudent” from 1570s. Figurative sense perhaps evoking “face unmoving, not showing shame”.