adjective, brown·er, brown·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- browder, earl russell,
- brown alga,
- brown algae,
- brown bag,
- brown bagger,
- brown bagging
Origin of brown
Examples from the Web for brownish
From time to time she unmasks herself, gamey and whipped flaunting that brownish color.
The chemical affixes itself to dead skin cells and produces a brownish tone.
Live lobsters are brownish or greenish with bluish mottling; they turn red when boiled.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
Unfortunately also, it is not very difficult to remove the gum, imitate the grille or not and regum the stamp with brownish gum.History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America|John Kerr Tiffany
He was a brownish person, with a yellow throat which he puffed out like a bag as he sang.The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug|Arthur Scott Bailey
Pappus of copious straw-color or brownish and rough capillary bristles.
It is larger than a common sheep, and covered with brownish hair instead of wooldarker than the deer, but whitish on the belly.
Word Origin for brown
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)