over browse


verb (used with object), browsed, browsing.
to eat, nibble at, or feed on (leaves, tender shoots, or other soft vegetation).
to graze; pasture on.
to look through or glance at casually: He's browsing the shelves for something to read.
verb (used without object), browsed, browsing.
to feed on or nibble at foliage, lichen, berries, etc.
to graze.
to glance at random through a book, magazine, etc.
to look leisurely at goods displayed for sale, as in a store.
tender shoots or twigs of shrubs and trees as food for cattle, deer, etc.
an act or instance of browsing.

1400–50; late Middle English browsen, perhaps a verbal derivative of Anglo-French broz, plural of brot shoot, new growth, Old French brost < Old Low Franconian *brust bud, noun derivative of *brustjan; compare Old Saxon brustian to come into bud

browser, noun
nonbrowsing, adjective, noun
overbrowse, verb (used with object), overbrowsed, overbrowsing.
unbrowsing, adjective

brows, browse.

3. scan, skim, examine, peruse, check.
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browse (braʊz)
1.  to look through (a book, articles for sale in a shop, etc) in a casual leisurely manner
2.  computing to search for and read hypertext, esp on the World Wide Web
3.  (of deer, goats, etc) to feed upon (vegetation) by continual nibbling
4.  the act or an instance of browsing
5.  the young twigs, shoots, leaves, etc, on which certain animals feed
[C15: from French broust, brost (modern French brout) bud, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon brustian to bud]

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Word Origin & History

1523, "feed on buds," from M.Fr. brouster, from O.Fr. broster "to sprout, bud," from brost "young shoot, twig," probably from P.Gmc. *brustjan "to bud." Lost its final -t in Eng. on the mistaken notion that it was a pp. inflection. Figurative extension to "peruse" (books) is 1870s, Amer.Eng.
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