Definition of brownie in English:

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brownie

Pronunciation: /ˈbrounē/

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.
2 (Brownie) A member of the junior branch of the Girl Scouts, for girls aged between about 6 and 8.
So named because of the color of the uniform
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.
3A benevolent elf supposed to haunt houses and do 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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: brown·ie

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