Uncertain. Perhaps from Scots brash, brasch (“a violent onset; an attack or assault”). Or perhaps related to Dutch bars (“stern; strict”), German barsch (“harsh; unfriendly”), Danish barsk (“harsh; rough; tough”), Swedish barsk (“harsh; impetuous”).
- Impetuous or rash.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Grose to this entry?)
- Insensitive or tactless.
- Impudent or shameless.
- (US, colloquial, dated) Brittle (said e.g. of wood or vegetables).
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- Leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.
- (geology) Broken and angular rock fragments underlying alluvial deposits.
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- Broken fragments of ice.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Kane to this entry?)