adjective, brown·er, brown·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- browder, earl russell,
- brown alga,
- brown algae,
- brown bag,
- brown bagger,
- brown bagging
Origin of brown
Examples from the Web for brown
They became so brown and shriveled that they looked like walking beef jerky with New York accents.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Supreme Court eventually stepped in and ended legal segregation in the landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“If you look at the studies, most of them stop after six months, one year, two years,” Brown says.
“ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] is just a euphemistic way of saying, ‘I have limits,’” Brown writes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it has boiled hard, dip the artichokes into the batter, (each piece should be twice dipped,) and fry them brown.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
If you want some butter it doesn't matter whether you buy it from Brown or Jones or Robinson.'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
Mr. Brown went over to the neighbouring settlements, and made the lads repeat to him all they knew about his son.Life in the Clearings versus the Bush|Susanna Moodie
"I confess that this thing has completely stunned me," said Dr. Brown.The Major|Ralph Connor
But the emotion passed in a moment, and his face was a brown mask, saying nothing.The Young Trailers|Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin for brown
Old English brun "dark, dusky," developing a definite color sense only 13c., from Proto-Germanic *brunaz (cf. Old Norse brunn, Danish brun, Old Frisian and Old High German brun, Dutch bruin, German braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lithuanian beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf. beaver, bear (n.), and Greek phrynos "toad," literally "the brown animal").
The Old English word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," preserved only in burnish. The Germanic word was adopted into Romanic (e.g. Middle Latin brunus, Italian and Spanish bruno, French brun). Brown Bess, slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.
c.1300, "to become brown," from brown (adj.). From 1560s as "to make brown." Related: Browned; browning.
"brown color," c.1600, from brown (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with brown
- brown bagger
- browned off
- brownie points
- brown nose
- brown study, in a
- do up (brown)