Definition of brownie in English:

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brownie

Pronunciation: /ˈbraʊni/

noun (plural brownies)

1A small square of rich chocolate cake, typically containing nuts.
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.
1.1Australian /NZ A piece of sweet currant bread.
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.
2 (Brownie, British also Brownie Guide) A member of 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.’
3A benevolent elf that supposedly haunts houses and does housework secretly.
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.

Origin

Early 16th century (in sense 3): diminutive of brown (a ‘wee brown man’ often appears in Scottish ballads and fairy tales).

Words that rhyme with brownie

browny, downy, townie

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