adjective, brown·er, brown·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- browder, earl russell,
- brown alga,
- brown algae,
- brown bag,
- brown bagger,
- brown bagging
Origin of brown
Examples from the Web for browner
As I field final exam questions, a few of the browner students cast sidelong glances.
Young birds are now indistinguishable from adults, except by the browner and more worn wings.
Her eyes seemed bigger and browner than ever, her nose more impudently tilted, her mouth more supremely irresistible.The Plastic Age|Percy Marks
Being of a more slender figure than Mr. Jarndyce and having a richer complexion, with browner hair, he looked younger.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
I am redder and browner than ever at the present writing, with the addition of a rather formidable and fierce moustache.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
Those from the United States and Asia are harsher and browner.Principles and Practice of Fur Dressing and Fur Dyeing|William E. Austin
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)