a tiny, fanciful, good-natured brown elf who secretly helps at night with household chores.
a small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.
Australian. a bread with currants, baked in a camp oven.
(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.

1505–15; brown + -ie; in folkloric sense, orig. Scots

1. See fairy. Unabridged
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brownie (ˈbraʊnɪ)
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
[C16: diminutive of brown (that is, a small brown man)]

Brownie (ˈbraʊnɪ)
1.  another name for Brownie Guide
2.  trademark (formerly) a popular make of simple box camera

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Word Origin & History

"benevolent goblin supposed to haunt old farmhouses in Scotland," 1510s, dim. of brown "a wee brown man" (see brown). The name for the junior branch of the Girl Guides or Girl Scouts is 1916, in ref. 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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Medical Dictionary

Brown (broun), Michael. Born 1941.

American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.

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brown-nose definition

  1. n.
    and brownie; brown-noser. a sycophant; one who flatters for self-serving motives. : You are just a plain old brown-nose. , Will some brown-noser please try to get the teacher to put off the test?
  2. tv. & in.
    to curry favor with someone; to be a sycophant. : Don keeps brown-nosing, and the professor pretends not to notice.
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