Definition of Brownie in English:

Brownie

Line breaks: Brownie
Pronunciation: /ˈbraʊni
 
/

noun (plural Brownies)

  • 1 (the Brownies) The junior branch of the Guide Association, for girls aged between about 7 and 10, wearing a brown uniform: for my birthday I want to join the Brownies
    More example sentences
    • Members of the Girl Guides and the Brownies provided the entertainment for the evening.
    • Girls wishing to join Brownies should attend on Thursday 22nd.
    • Mrs Griffiths said: ‘In the Brownies, as well as doing their badges, the girls learn do research for themselves.’
  • 1.1 (British also Brownie Guide) A member of the Brownies: she wanted to be a Brownie but her daddy wouldn’t let her
    More example sentences
    • Maybe it's like being a Girl Scout or a Brownie and some how or other, you fly up and make it into Manipura just in the nick of time and you're headed home free before you know it.
    • When I was in elementary school in Colorado, I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout until the age of 12 when we moved to Kansas.
    • After serving as a Brownie and then a Guide with the Eastbrook Hall group in Bradford, she moved to St Stephen's at West Bowling where she became a Guide Lieutenant.
  • 2 (brownie) A small square of rich chocolate cake, with nuts.
    More example sentences
    • Like brownies, chocolate cake is loved by everyone.
    • If you're making your own pound cake, brownies or angel food cake for the chocolate fondue, get baking.
    • And the restaurant sells its own line of chocolate candies, brownies, and sumptuous dessert toppings from a retail counter up front.
  • 2.1Australian /NZ A piece of sweet currant bread.
    More example sentences
    • It's an ideal arrangement and the dinner was also delicious - homemade Thai green curry and rice followed by freshly baked brownies and sugar strawberries.
    • Mum asked me to cook some brownies and add extra walnuts.
    • I got home before him and I was sitting in the kitchen, eating peanut brownies, when William staggered in with the baby.
  • 3 (brownie) A benevolent elf that supposedly haunts houses and does housework secretly.
    [diminutive of brown; a ‘wee brown man’ often appears in Scottish ballads and fairy tales]
    More example sentences
    • It wasn't often that Murdoch truly appreciated a practical joke but Johnny's contention that they had a leprechaun or a brownie in the house was too good to pass up.
    • Heathens also work with ‘hidden folk’ such as elves, brownies, dwarves and etins (giants and other not so pleasant folk).
    • In England the hobgoblin was as helpful a sprite as the brownie and was also known as Robin Goodfellow or Puck.

Phrases

brownie point

informal , • humorous An imaginary award given to someone for an attempt to please: his policy will win brownie points with voters
More example sentences
  • Let us be clear: this announcement is not primarily about increasing our aid to Iraq; it is all about scoring more brownie points in London and Washington.
  • Still, I'm very fortunate to be operating within an environment where a couple of hours taken off here and there to battle fascism actually earns you brownie points.
  • Poor Helena, fawning over Demetrius, decides to score some brownie points by telling him.

More definitions of Brownie

Definition of Brownie in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space