From Middle English brasen, from Old English bræsen; equivalent to brass + -en (compare golden).
The word originally meant “of brass”; the figurative verb sense (as in brazen it out) dates from the 1550s (perhaps evoking the sense “face like brass, unmoving and not showing shame”), and the adjective sense “impudent” from the 1570s. Compare bold as brass.
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