Bumptious vs Brash - What's the difference?

bumptious | brash |

As adjectives the difference between bumptious and brash

is that bumptious is obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme while brash is impetuous or rash or brash can be (us|colloquial|dated) brittle, as wood or vegetables.

As a noun brash is

leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.




(en adjective)
  • Obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.
  • * 1877 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), (A Study in Scarlet) :
  • "There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously. "What is the use of having brains in our profession. I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it." I was still annoyed at his bumptious style of conversation; I thought it best to change the topic.
  • * 1918 , , The Mirror and the Lamp , ch. 22:
  • From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious ; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
  • * 1928 , (Virginia Woolf), :
  • She could stand it no longer. It was full of prying old women, she said, who stared in one's face, and of bumptious young men who trod on one's toes.

    Derived terms

    * bumptiously * bumptiousness



    Etymology 1


  • impetuous or rash
  • (Grose)
  • insensitive or tactless
  • impudent or shameless
  • Noun

  • Leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.
  • A rash or eruption; a sudden or transient fit of sickness.
  • (geology) Broken and angular rock fragments underlying alluvial deposits.
  • (Lyell)
  • Broken fragments of ice.
  • (Kane)
    Derived terms
    * water brash * weaning brash

    Etymology 2

    Compare Amer. (bresk), (brusk), fragile, brittle.


  • (US, colloquial, dated) brittle, as wood or vegetables
  • (Bartlett)
    (Webster 1913) ----