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The Definition of - brownish (adjective)

    a dark tertiary color with a yellowish or reddish hue.
    Offensive. a person whose skin has a light- or dark-brown pigmentation.
    adjective, browner, brownest.
    of the color brown.
    (of animals) having skin, fur, hair, or feathers of that color.
    sunburned or tanned.
    Often Offensive. (of human beings) having the skin naturally pigmented a brown color.
    verb (used with or without object)
    to make or become brown.
    to fry, sauté, or scorch slightly in cooking:
    to brown onions before adding them to the stew. The potatoes browned in the pan.
    Verb phrases
    brown out, to subject to a brownout:
    The power failure browned out the southern half of the state.
    browned off, Slang. angry; fed up.
    do it up brown, Informal. to do thoroughly:
    When they entertain, they really do it up brown.

Word Example of - brownish

    Example Sentences for brownish

    Mr. Pottle's eyes fell on his own scarlet pareu and the brownish legs beneath it.

    Figure 119 represents the Hæmatopinus vituli, which is brownish in color.

    At about the end of June it turns to a chrysalis of a brownish colour.

    The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.

    The left side is marbled brown and yellow; the right side, which is the inferior, white with brownish spots and points.

    Before it crouched a small, brownish animal with a bulging head.

    Brownish gray; eye-ring, tips of outer tail-feathers, a narrow wing-bar white; wing with a buff band showing in flight.

    It was of material they had never seen and glistened with a brownish hue.

    His temper grew worse and worse as his ribs grew more and more obvious under his brownish, speckled fur.

    The girl's face looked like wax, her eyelids had a brownish tinge.

Word Origin & History of - brownish

    Word Origin & History

    brown O.E. brun "dark, dusky," only developing a definite color sense 13c., from P.Gmc. *brunaz (cf. O.N. brunn, Dan. brun, O.Fris., O.H.G. brun, Du. bruin, Ger. braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lith. beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf. beaver, bear (n.), and Gk. phrynos "toad," lit. "the brown animal"). The O.E. word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," now preserved only in burnish. The Gmc. word was adopted into Romanic (cf. M.L. brunus, It., Sp. bruno, Fr. brun). Brown-bag (v.) "to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag" is from 1960s. Brown Bess, ...slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.

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