Definition of brown in English:
- Everything about it - the taste, the rich dark brown colour, the scent - was wonderful.
- The décor was navy blue, gold and dark brown wood, and the place almost looked like the inside of a ship.
- Ilaria was no longer a blue lush world but a dark yellow and brown wasteland.
- He was tall with longish black hair swept out of his eyes, and sun tanned brown skin.
- The sun just made her brown skin glow even more clearly, making me jealous as hell.
- I was here in Toronto for like four hours and my light brown skin had that sun kissed look.
- Ann ordered a local free-range egg and cress sandwich in a soft brown roll, with side salad.
- Eaten with home-made Branston-style pickle and an abundant supply of delightful olive, nut and fociaccia bread plus crunchy brown rolls, this got the gastric juices flowing.
- All I ask for to see me through the day is a nice piece of ripe brie, a crusty brown roll and a glass or two of a not-too-dry white.
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- The area of low-lying swamp or marsh, as revealed through archaeology, is shown in brown.
- Vertebrate genes are shown in brown, invertebrates in red, plants in green, and fungi in blue.
- The opposite trend is shown in brown, where residents tend to buy new, not used.
- This seems to be a regular feature; why they don't just do away with green and play in brown, the natural colour of the Borders in winter, remains a mystery.
- There she was, coming up the platform towards me at Runcorn, all in brown, with fluttering eyelashes.
- The new guest was followed closely by a puny boy in puke - green and two heavy bumbling guys in brown.
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- Sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese has slightly browned.
- Squash the mixture down with a palette knife and cook till the bottom has browned and crisped in the butter.
- Spread out in pan and sauté over moderate heat for about four to five minutes, until bottom has crusted and browned.
(as) brown as a berry
do something up brown
- Do something thoroughly or completely: [as adjective]: a real picnic, done up brown according to all the rulesMore example sentences
- It is one of those things that you can't say: ‘yeah, we did it up brown,’ every time, see.
- Several weeks ago Earl turned his Ann loose on furnishing their apartment - told her to do it up brown and hang the cost because they didn't know when they would be able to pay for it anyway.
- And it's no surprise when the Buckley fans decided to do something that they did it up brown.
in a brown study
- see study.
brown someone off
- (usually as adjective browned off) Make someone feel irritated or depressed: they are getting browned off with the overtimeMore example sentences
- The Colonel said that some of his men were browned off because there had been no opposition on the beaches.
- He was browned off too - bored out of his mind in a garden pond swimming round the same cement gnome every day.
- Well dear I suppose you'll be browned off with all that, but if you want to hear of more experiences let me know.
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- It seems to me that we can exhort and hope all we want to, but the imposition of blackness, brownness, yellowness or redness is not something an individual controls.
- This was all just prelude to the cloud of monkeys that not long after passed like a vast red-faced brownness through our little patch of blue sky.
- Cooking them to the right level of brownness was more difficult.
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- In the early 70s, the store converted to UPC readers, which I now think was rather ahead it of its time. It coincided with an utter browning of the store, though - brown and orange, orangish browns and browny oranges.
- Dylan goes up to a security guard and describes Janae to him - ‘She's about this high with browny blondish hair.’
- Rudbeckia Goldquelle is a double-flowered species with bushy growth and mid yellow blooms from July to September while the unusual Rudbeckia mollis has hairy leaves and a browny green cone.
In Old English brown simply meant ‘dark’. It acquired its modern sense in Middle English. The idea of darkness developed into a further sense of ‘gloomy or serious’, and this is the sense that occurs in the 16th-century phrase a brown study, ‘absorbed in one's thoughts’. The use of ‘study’ is puzzling to us today. It is not a room for working in, but a state of daydreaming or meditation, a meaning long out of use in English. See also auburn, baize
Words that rhyme with brownBrowne, clown, crown, down, downtown, drown, frown, gown, low-down, noun, renown, run-down, town, upside-down, uptown
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