Definition of brownie in English:

Share this entry


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.


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
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.