adjective, brown·er, brown·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of brown
Related Words for brownerfawn, ginger, tan, toast, amber, brick, nut, buff, coffee, drab, dust, bronze, bay, ecru, beige, rust, copper, cinnamon, russet, puce
Examples from the Web for browner
Contemporary Examples of browner
As I field final exam questions, a few of the browner students cast sidelong glances.My Great Fake Bake Experiment
January 6, 2009
Historical Examples of browner
Albine's snowy skin was but the whiteness of Serge's browner skin.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
I really think you must be a little like him, only browner and taller, perhaps.The Princess Virginia
C. N. Williamson
During all these days Sergius had grown thinner and browner.The Lion's Brood
The other man was younger and browner, and of a compact, athletic figure.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger
It forms a large ball, and browner; dandelion seed-balls are white.The Toilers of the Field
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)