[ broun-bag ]
/ ˈbraʊnˈbæg /

verb (used with object), brown-bagged, brown-bag·ging.

to bring (one's own liquor) to a restaurant or club, especially one that has no liquor license.
to bring (one's lunch) to work or elsewhere, usually in a small brown paper bag.

verb (used without object), brown-bagged, brown-bag·ging.

to carry one's lunch in a brown paper bag.


brought to work, usually in a small brown paper bag: a brown-bag lunch.

Nearby words

  1. brown, jerry,
  2. brown, john,
  3. brown, olympia,
  4. brown, robert,
  5. brown-and-serve,
  6. brown-eyed susan,
  7. brown-nose,
  8. brown-state,
  9. brown-séquard's syndrome,
  10. brown-tail moth


    brown-bag it, to bring one's lunch to work or elsewhere, especially in a brown paper bag.

Related formsbrown-bag·ger, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for brown bag

brown bag

/ US /


a bag made of brown paper, often used for carrying a packed lunch or alcohol

verb brown-bag -bags, -bagging or -bagged (intr)

to take a packed lunch in a brown bag
to carry alcohol in a brown bag
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Word Origin and History for brown bag



"to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag," 1970, from brown (adj.) + bag (n.). Related: Brown-bagging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper