Origin of brownie
Synonyms for brownie
Examples from the Web for brownie
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 4, 2012
Obama stepped in it by echoing W.'s praise for Brownie, saying Larry Summers had done "a heck of a job."Obama's Last Laugh
October 28, 2010
In what might just become their “Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job!”May 30: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
May 30, 2010
Same for the policeman's undercover horse, code named "Brownie," as I think Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell let slip.All Those Times Square Heroes
Leslie H. Gelb
May 8, 2010
Every e-mail, letter, brownie, and sandwich sent from William Poll has been deeply appreciated.Farewell to My Father
September 11, 2009
Historical Examples of brownie
Here we are, Nannie, all safe and sound, and we caught the brownie.Phyllis
And old Brownie's out with his nets—he goes with me sometimes.Nell, of Shorne Mills
Brownie loved company, so it was a treat for him as well as for me.For the Sake of the School
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
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)