browse

[brouz]

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

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

noun

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 formsbrows·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 confusedbrows browse

Synonyms for browse

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Related Words for browsing

scan, read, peruse, skim, feed, survey, graze, nibble

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British Dictionary definitions for browsing

browse

verb

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

noun

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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Word Origin and History for browsing

browse

v.

mid-15c., "feed on buds," from Middle French brouster, from Old French broster "to sprout, bud," from brost "young shoot, twig," probably from Proto-Germanic *brustjan "to bud," from PIE *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (see breast (n.)). Lost its final -t in English on the mistaken notion that the letter was a past participle inflection. Figurative extension to "peruse" (books) is 1870s, American English. Related: Browsed; browsing.

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