- browned off,
- brownian motion,
- brownian movement,
- brownie guide,
- brownie guider,
- brownie point,
- brownie points,
Origin of brownie
Examples from the Web for brownie
She and her staff later celebrated with brownie bites and cake from Costco (not paid for at taxpayer expense, an aide points out).Nancy Pelosi’s Tireless Obamacare Push Vindicated by Supreme Court Ruling|Eleanor Clift|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Obama stepped in it by echoing W.'s praise for Brownie, saying Larry Summers had done "a heck of a job."
In what might just become their “Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job!”
Same for the policeman's undercover horse, code named "Brownie," as I think Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell let slip.
Every e-mail, letter, brownie, and sandwich sent from William Poll has been deeply appreciated.
Entering in, I saw that 'Brownie' had got up and the window was closed.Border Ghost Stories|Howard Pease
An hour and a half later Brownie, Henny, and the doctor were on the Castle porch.The Chickens of Fowl Farm|Lena E. Barksdale
For the present they were homeless, and Brownie saw that the only thing was to take them into the fields.Lives of the Fur Folk|M. D. Haviland
It was the Brownie of Bodsbeck, sometimes mentioned before, small of stature, and its whole form utterly mis–shaped.
And all the payment the brownie ever asked for was a bowl of broth.The Lilac Fairy Book|Andrew Lang
Word Origin for brownie
Word Origin for brown
"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.
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)