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brownie

[brou-nee]
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noun
  1. a tiny, fanciful, good-natured brown elf who secretly helps at night with household chores.
  2. a small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.
  3. Australian. a bread with currants, baked in a camp oven.
  4. (sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the junior division of the Girl Scouts or the Girl Guides, being a girl in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade and usually between 6 and 8 years old.
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Origin of brownie

1505–15; brown + -ie; in folkloric sense, orig. Scots

Synonyms

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1. See fairy.

Brown

[broun]
noun
  1. Charles Brock·den [brok-duh n] /ˈbrɒk dən/, 1771–1810, U.S. novelist.
  2. CliffordBrownie, 1930–56, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
  3. Edmund Gerald, Jr.Jerry, born 1938, U.S. politician: governor of California 1975–83.
  4. Herbert Charles,1912–2004, U.S. chemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1979.
  5. James NathanielJimmy, born 1936, U.S. football player and actor.
  6. JohnOld Brown of Osawatomie, 1800–59, U.S. abolitionist: leader of the attack at Harpers Ferry, where he was captured, tried for treason, and hanged.
  7. Margaret Wise,1910–52, U.S. author noted for early-childhood books.
  8. Olympia,1835–1926, U.S. women's-rights activist and Universalist minister: first American woman ordained by a major church.
  9. Robert,1773–1858, Scottish botanist.
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  • Here we are, Nannie, all safe and sound, and we caught the brownie.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill

  • And old Brownie's out with his nets—he goes with me sometimes.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • Brownie loved company, so it was a treat for him as well as for me.

  • Brownie had not forgotten how Timothy seized his mother by the tail.

    The Tale of Timothy Turtle

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • That was an eminently convincing demonstration, Brownie, but don't do it too often.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith


British Dictionary definitions for brownie

brownie

noun
  1. (in folklore) an elf said to do helpful work at night, esp household chores
  2. a small square nutty chocolate cake
  3. Australian history a bread made with currants
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Word Origin

C16: diminutive of brown (that is, a small brown man)

Brownie

noun
  1. another name for Brownie Guide
  2. trademark (formerly) a popular make of simple box camera
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brown

noun
  1. any of various colours, such as those of wood or earth, produced by low intensity light in the wavelength range 620–585 nanometres
  2. a dye or pigment producing these colours
  3. brown cloth or clothingdressed in brown
  4. any of numerous mostly reddish-brown butterflies of the genera Maniola, Lasiommata, etc, such as M. jurtina (meadow brown): family Satyridae
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adjective
  1. of the colour brown
  2. (of bread) made from a flour that has not been bleached or bolted, such as wheatmeal or wholemeal flour
  3. deeply tanned or sunburnt
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verb
  1. to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
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Derived Formsbrownish or browny, adjectivebrownness, noun

Word Origin

Old English brūn; related to Old Norse brūnn, Old High German brūn, Greek phrunos toad, Sanskrit babhru reddish-brown

Brown

noun
  1. Sir Arthur Whitten (ˈwɪt ə n). 1886–1948, British aviator who with J.W. Alcock made the first flight across the Atlantic (1919)
  2. Ford Madox . 1821–93, British painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings include The Last of England (1865) and Work (1865)
  3. George (Alfred), Lord George-Brown. 1914–85, British Labour politician; vice-chairman and deputy leader of the Labour party (1960–70); foreign secretary 1966–68
  4. George Mackay . 1921–96, Scottish poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His works, which include the novels Greenvoe (1972) and Magnus (1973), reflect the history and culture of Orkney
  5. (James) Gordon . born 1951, British Labour politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997–2007); prime minister (2007–10)
  6. Herbert Charles . 1912–2004, US chemist, who worked on the compounds of boron. Nobel prize for chemistry 1979
  7. James . 1933–2006, US soul singer and songwriter, noted for his dynamic stage performances and for his commitment to Black rights
  8. John . 1800–59, US abolitionist leader, hanged after leading an unsuccessful rebellion of slaves at Harper's Ferry, Virginia
  9. Lancelot, called Capability Brown . 1716–83, British landscape gardener
  10. Michael (Stuart). born 1941, US physician: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1985) for work on cholesterol
  11. Robert . 1773–1858, Scottish botanist who was the first to observe the Brownian movement in fluids
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for brownie

n.

"benevolent goblin supposed to haunt old farmhouses in Scotland," 1510s, diminutive of brown "a wee brown man" (see brown (adj.)). The name for the junior branch of the Girl Guides or Girl Scouts is 1916, in reference to uniform color. Brownie point (1963) is sometimes associated with Brownie in the Scouting sense but is perhaps rather from brown-nose.

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brown

adj.

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.

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brown

v.

c.1300, "to become brown," from brown (adj.). From 1560s as "to make brown." Related: Browned; browning.

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brown

n.

"brown color," c.1600, from brown (adj.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

brownie in Medicine

Brown

(broun)Michael Born 1941
  1. American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.
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Idioms and Phrases with brownie

brown

In addition to the idioms beginning with brown

  • brown bagger
  • browned off
  • brownie points
  • brown nose
  • brown study, in a

also see:

  • do up (brown)
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