brown study


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brown study

Historical Examples of brown study

  • "And more people to do it, too," muttered Tom Trefethen, as he sank into a brown-study.

  • After all, employment, next to a clear conscience, is the best antidote to a brown-study.



  • By the help of brown-study from the interior of our brain, from revelation, or from experience?

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for brown study

brown study


a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie
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