[ brouz ]
/ braʊz /

verb (used with object), browsed, brows·ing.

verb (used without object), browsed, brows·ing.


tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees as food for cattle, deer, etc.
an act or instance of browsing.

Origin of browse

1400–50; late Middle English browsen, perhaps a verbal derivative of Anglo-French broz, plural of brot shoot, new growth, Old French brost < Old Low Franconian *brust bud, noun derivative of *brustjan; compare Old Saxon brustian to come into bud

Related forms

brows·er, nounnon·brows·ing, adjective, nouno·ver·browse, verb (used with object), o·ver·browsed, o·ver·brows·ing.un·brows·ing, adjective

Can be confused

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Examples from the Web for browse

British Dictionary definitions for browse


/ (braʊz) /


to look through (a book, articles for sale in a shop, etc) in a casual leisurely manner
computing to search for and read hypertext, esp on the Internet
(of deer, goats, etc) to feed upon (vegetation) by continual nibbling


the act or an instance of browsing
the young twigs, shoots, leaves, etc, on which certain animals feed

Word Origin for browse

C15: from French broust, brost (modern French brout) bud, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon brustian to bud
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