brass·y 1 (brăsē)
adj. brass·i·er, brass·i·est
1. Made of or decorated with brass.
2. Resembling brass, as in color.
3. Music Resembling or characterized by the sound of brass instruments: "The band was now playing some brassy march" (Robert Penn Warren).
4. Cheap and showy; flashy.
5. Informal Brazen; insolent.
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