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[broo-is, brooz] /ˈbru ɪs, bruz/
noun, Newfoundland.
hard bread soaked in water and then boiled.
such bread, with pieces of fish added, served as a meal.
Origin of brewis
1520-30; earlier brewz, brewes, apparently blend of bree broth, juice (Middle English bre, Old English *brēo, variant of brīw; cf. brei) and browes, Middle English broys broth, soup < Old French broez (nominative), broet (accusative), equivalent to bro (< Old High German brod broth) + -et -et Unabridged
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  • He resented the peculiarity of brewis in his particular case.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • O master, what a mess of brewis stands now upon the point of spoiling by your hastiness.

  • Spread those that are not eaten, and let them dry, to be pounded for puddings, or soaked for brewis.

  • In an early letter to you I recall judging harshly a concoction called "brewis."

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • The convoy was under the command of Captain brewis—a most capable and courteous officer, but a strict disciplinarian.

    Five Months at Anzac Joseph Lievesley Beeston
  • Then—that Monday morning—we had brewis to make, a little buttered toast to do, and some eggs to scramble.

    We Girls: A Home Story Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • brewis is made of crusts and dry pieces of bread, soaked a good while in hot milk, mashed up, and eaten with salt.

  • Nokka brewis goo, honowin nudwag moonoo shugh kawmun menjeis.

    The Wit of Women

    Kate Sanborn
British Dictionary definitions for brewis


noun (dialect, mainly Northern English & Canadian, US)
bread soaked in broth, gravy, etc
thickened broth
(Canadian) (bruːz). a Newfoundland stew of cod or pork, hardtack, and potatoes
Word Origin
C16: from Old French broez, from broet, diminutive of breubroth
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