Origin of brose

1400–50; late Middle English broys < Old French broez; see brewis
Related formsbros·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for brose

Historical Examples of brose

  • This may be some trick of Brose Griffin and his cronies to steal our stuff.

  • He snites his nose in his neighbour's dish to get the brose himsel.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • Hansruhbart and Brose are clad in pea straw and wear frightful masks.

    St. Nicholas

    George H. McKnight

  • And I've made up my mind to tak' ye back with me to sup our brose!

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

  • He found the Skilly Woman, who put before him sour milk and brose.

British Dictionary definitions for brose


  1. Scot oatmeal or pease porridge, sometimes with butter or fat addedSee also Atholl brose

Word Origin for brose

C13 broys, from Old French broez, from breu broth, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for brose

1650s, Scottish, earlier browes, from Old French broez, nominative of broet (13c.) "stew, soup made from meat broth," diminutive of breu, from Medieval Latin brodium, from Old High German brod "broth" (see broth).

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