adjective, brown·er, brown·est.
verb (used with or without object)
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Idioms for brown
Origin of brown
usage note for brown
OTHER WORDS FROM brown
Words nearby brown
British Dictionary definitions for browned off (1 of 2)
Derived forms of brownbrownish or browny, adjectivebrownness, noun
Word Origin for brown
British Dictionary definitions for browned off (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for browned off
Idioms and Phrases with browned off (1 of 2)
Very angry, as in When she locked me out I was really browned off. This expression originated as Royal Air Force slang for “disgusted” and “depressed” in the late 1930s and had crossed the Atlantic by World War II. It gradually came to be used more widely as a slangy synonym for “infuriated.” One theory for its origin, mentioned by Eric Partridge in his slang dictionary, is that it alludes to brass buttons on a uniform turning brown from lack of polishing. Partridge noted, however, that the “predominant Army opinion” was that the word had the same literal meaning as buggered.
Idioms and Phrases with browned off (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with brown
- brown bagger
- browned off
- brownie points
- brown nose
- brown study, in a
- do up (brown)