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, as wood or vegetables
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
- Leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.
- (geology) Broken and angular rock fragments underlying alluvial deposits.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Lyell to this entry?)
- Broken fragments of ice.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Kane to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for brash in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)