Nearby words

  1. browbeat,
  2. browder,
  3. browder, earl russell,
  4. browed,
  5. browlift,
  6. brown alga,
  7. brown algae,
  8. brown bag,
  9. brown bagger,
  10. brown bagging

Idioms

    browned off, Slang. angry; fed up.
    do it up brown, Informal. to do thoroughly: When they entertain, they really do it up brown.

Origin of brown

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brūn; cognate with Dutch bruin, German braun, Old Norse brūnn; akin to Lithuanian brúnas brown

Related forms

Usage note

Brown as a noun and adjective to describe people with a brownish skin color is often perceived as insulting. Historically it has been used by anthropologists and scientists as a racial and ethnic classification to describe various dark-skinned populations, as in North Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, and South Asia. It is also a term associated with colonialism. In recent times, brown has been used of Hispanics and South Asians in North America, many of whom self-identify as brown.

Brown

[ broun ]
/ braʊn /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for brown

brown

/ (braʊn) /

noun

adjective

verb

to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
Derived Formsbrownish or browny, adjectivebrownness, noun

Word Origin for brown

Old English brūn; related to Old Norse brūnn, Old High German brūn, Greek phrunos toad, Sanskrit babhru reddish-brown

Brown

/ (braʊn) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for brown
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for brown

Brown

[ broun ]
Michael Born 1941

American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.

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Idioms and Phrases with brown

brown

In addition to the idioms beginning with brown

  • brown bagger
  • browned off
  • brownie points
  • brown nose
  • brown study, in a

also see:

  • do up (brown)
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