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[brou] /braʊ/
noun
1.
Anatomy. the ridge over the eye.
2.
the hair growing on that ridge; eyebrow.
3.
the forehead:
He wore his hat low over his brow.
4.
a person's countenance or mien.
5.
the edge of a steep place:
She looked down over the brow of the hill.
6.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English browe, Old English brū; akin to Old Norse brūn, Sanskrit bhrūs
Can be confused
brows, browse.
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Examples for brows
  • Growing up the name always raised eye brows, especially among college professors.
  • He has a narrow face and curly hair, which he likes to gel, and expressive eyes canopied with dark brows.
  • He dreamed of laying his big, blunt-fingered hands on the brows of patients in hospital wards.
  • So sculpted were the angles of his cheeks, brows, and nose that he looked as if he wore a mask.
  • My sense is that a lot of folks in town are furrowing their brows trying to think of a way to thread the policy needle here.
  • Not sure where the green lipstick and angled brows come in.
  • But economists look to the future with furrowed brows.
  • And they are no longer the only ones with furrowed brows.
  • Consultants have rethought strategy to the nth degree but seldom furrow their brows about sales.
  • They have little oil, so they furrow their brows to find alternatives.
British Dictionary definitions for brows

brow

/braʊ/
noun
1.
the part of the face from the eyes to the hairline; forehead
2.
short for eyebrow
3.
the expression of the face; countenance a troubled brow
4.
the top of a mine shaft; pithead
5.
the jutting top of a hill, etc
6.
(Northern English, dialect) a steep slope on a road
Word Origin
Old English brū; related to Old Norse brūn eyebrow, Lithuanian bruvis, Greek ophrus, Sanskrit bhrūs
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Word Origin and History for brows
brow
words for "eyelid," "eyelash," and "eyebrow" changed about maddeningly in O.E. and M.E. (and in all the W.Gmc. languages). Linguists have untangled the knot into two strands: 1. O.E. bræw (Anglian *brew) "eyelid," from P.Gmc. *bræwi- "blinker, twinkler" (related to Goth. brahw "twinkle, blink," in phrase in brahwa augins "in the twinkling of an eye"); the sense must have shifted before the earliest recorded O.E. usage from "eyelash" to "eyelid." 2. O.E. bru "eyelash," from P.Gmc. *brus "eyebrow," from PIE base *bhrus (cf. Skt. bhrus "eyebrow," Gk. ophrys, O.C.S. bruvi, Lith. bruvis "brow," O.Ir. bru "edge"). The sense must have been transferred in O.E. at an early date from "eyebrow" to "eyelash." Lacking a distinctive word for it, the Anglo-Saxons called an eyebrow ofer-bru, and in early M.E. they were known as uvere breyhes or briges aboue þe eiges. By c.1200, everything had moved "up." Bru/brouw (from bræw) became "eyelid;" and brew/breow (from O.E. bru) became "eyebrow." It remained the word for "eyebrow" in Scottish and northern English, where it naturally evolved into colloquial bree. In southern English, however, M.E. bru/brouw took over the sense of "eyebrows," in the form brues, and yielded the usual modern form of the word. To make matters worse, if possible, some southern writers 15c.-17c. used bree for "eyelashes," in what OED calls "a curious reversion to what had been the original OE. sense of bru." By 1530s, brow had been given an extended sense of "forehead," especially with reference to movements and expressions that showed emotion or attitude. The -n- in the O.N. (brun) and Ger. (braune) forms of the word are from a gen. pl. inflection.
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brows in Medicine

brow (brou)
n.

  1. The eyebrow.

  2. See forehead.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brows

brow

Related Terms

highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with brows
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