brownie

[brou-nee]

noun

a tiny, fanciful, good-natured brown elf who secretly helps at night with household chores.
a small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.
Australian. a bread with currants, baked in a camp oven.
(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.

Nearby words

  1. browned off,
  2. browned-off,
  3. brownfield,
  4. brownian motion,
  5. brownian movement,
  6. brownie guide,
  7. brownie guider,
  8. brownie point,
  9. brownie points,
  10. browning

Origin of brownie

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

Brown

[broun]

noun

Charles Brock·den [brok-duh n] /ˈbrɒk dən/, 1771–1810, U.S. novelist.
CliffordBrownie, 1930–56, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
Edmund Gerald, Jr.Jerry, born 1938, U.S. politician: governor of California 1975–83.
Herbert Charles,1912–2004, U.S. chemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1979.
James NathanielJimmy, born 1936, U.S. football player and actor.
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.
Margaret Wise,1910–52, U.S. author noted for early-childhood books.
Olympia,1835–1926, U.S. women's-rights activist and Universalist minister: first American woman ordained by a major church.
Robert,1773–1858, Scottish botanist.
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British Dictionary definitions for brownie

brownie

noun

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

Word Origin for brownie

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

Brownie

noun

another name for Brownie Guide
trademark (formerly) a popular make of simple box camera

brown

noun

any of various colours, such as those of wood or earth, produced by low intensity light in the wavelength range 620–585 nanometres
a dye or pigment producing these colours
brown cloth or clothingdressed in brown
any of numerous mostly reddish-brown butterflies of the genera Maniola, Lasiommata, etc, such as M. jurtina (meadow brown): family Satyridae

adjective

of the colour brown
(of bread) made from a flour that has not been bleached or bolted, such as wheatmeal or wholemeal flour
deeply tanned or sunburnt

verb

to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
Derived Formsbrownish or browny, adjectivebrownness, noun

Word Origin for brown

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

Brown

noun

Sir Arthur Whitten (ˈwɪt ə n). 1886–1948, British aviator who with J.W. Alcock made the first flight across the Atlantic (1919)
Ford Madox . 1821–93, British painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings include The Last of England (1865) and Work (1865)
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
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
(James) Gordon . born 1951, British Labour politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997–2007); prime minister (2007–10)
Herbert Charles . 1912–2004, US chemist, who worked on the compounds of boron. Nobel prize for chemistry 1979
James . 1933–2006, US soul singer and songwriter, noted for his dynamic stage performances and for his commitment to Black rights
John . 1800–59, US abolitionist leader, hanged after leading an unsuccessful rebellion of slaves at Harper's Ferry, Virginia
Lancelot, called Capability Brown . 1716–83, British landscape gardener
Michael (Stuart). born 1941, US physician: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1985) for work on cholesterol
Robert . 1773–1858, Scottish botanist who was the first to observe the Brownian movement in fluids
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Word Origin and History for brownie
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Medicine definitions for brownie

Brown

[broun]Michael Born 1941

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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