adjective, brown·er, brown·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of brown
Examples from the Web for browning
In August 1949 Browning returned to the United States, where he took two more degrees, in Politics and Public Affairs.
Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first movie, went so far as to test out Browning as Bella.
Browning feels similarly: “I have no idea how that stuff works.”
Options for the likes of Steely and Browning are set to improve in the fall.
From the former, I learned that you can broil pot roast instead of browning it in a skillet.
By the time Browning has been dead as long as Wordsworth, I do not think anyone will be found to make these remarks.
It is only natural that most of Browning's finest landscapes are Italian.
The principles which Browning imputes to the early painters may be applied to poetry as well as to art.
From that time Browning's interest in athletic matters waned.Frank Merriwell's Races|Burt L. Standish
They're a lot of 'toads in a poisoned tank,' as old Browning says.In Our Town|William Allen White
Word Origin for Browning
Word Origin for brown
one of a range of U.S.-made weapons, 1905, named for inventor, John M. Browning (1855-1926) of Utah.
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)