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brownie

[brou-nee] /ˈbraʊ ni/
noun
1.
a tiny, fanciful, good-natured brown elf who secretly helps at night with household chores.
2.
a small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.
3.
Australian. a bread with currants, baked in a camp oven.
4.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the junior division of the Girl Scouts or the Girl Guides, being a girl in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade and usually between 6 and 8 years old.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; brown + -ie; in folkloric sense, orig. Scots
Synonyms
1. See fairy.
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British Dictionary definitions for brownies

brownie

/ˈbraʊnɪ/
noun
1.
(in folklore) an elf said to do helpful work at night, esp household chores
2.
a small square nutty chocolate cake
3.
(Austral, history) a bread made with currants
Word Origin
C16: diminutive of brown (that is, a small brown man)

Brownie

/ˈbraʊnɪ/
noun
1.
another name for Brownie Guide
2.
trademark (formerly) a popular make of simple box camera
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Word Origin and History for brownies

brownie

n.

"benevolent goblin supposed to haunt old farmhouses in Scotland," 1510s, diminutive of brown "a wee brown man" (see brown (adj.)). The name for the junior branch of the Girl Guides or Girl Scouts is 1916, in reference to uniform color. Brownie point (1963) is sometimes associated with Brownie in the Scouting sense but is perhaps rather from brown-nose.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brownies

brownie 1

noun

brown-nose

[WWII armed forces; fr the color of feces]


brownie 2

noun

A traffic-control and parking-violation officer

[1980s+; fr the color of the uniform]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for brownies

brownie

in English and Scottish folklore, a small, industrious fairy or hobgoblin believed to inhabit houses and barns. Rarely seen, he was often heard at night, cleaning and doing housework; he also sometimes mischievously disarranged rooms. He would ride for the midwife, and in Cornwall he caused swarming bees to settle quickly. Cream or bread and milk might be left for him, but other gifts offended him. If one made him a suit of clothes, he would put it on and then vanish, never to return

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