- deep, serious absorption in thought: Lost in a brown study, she was oblivious to the noise.
Origin of brown study
First recorded in 1525–35
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Examples from the Web for brown study
"And more people to do it, too," muttered Tom Trefethen, as he sank into a brown-study.The Copper Princess
After all, employment, next to a clear conscience, is the best antidote to a brown-study.Hildebrand
By the help of brown-study from the interior of our brain, from revelation, or from experience?The Positive Outcome of Philosophy
Next came a long procession composed of high numbers, all of the "brown-study color."The Monikins
J. Fenimore Cooper
Toby put another doughnut in the outstretched hand, and then sat silently, as if in a brown-study over some difficult problem.
- a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie
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