From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- Impudent, immodest, or shameless.
- Pertaining to, made of, or resembling brass.
- Sounding harsh and loud, like brass cymbals or brass instruments.
- 1786: Brazen or rather copper swords seem to have been next introduced; these in process of time, workmen learned to harden by the addition of some other metal or mineral, which rendered them almost equal in temper to iron. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 31.