Definition of brownie in English:



  • 1A small square of rich chocolate cake, typically containing nuts.

    • ‘Try adding nuts or other dried fruits- or make plain chocolate brownies without any extras at all.’
    • ‘As for me, I don't think I could survive without my brownies and chocolate chips.’
    • ‘I once partnered an Australian sparkling ale with chocolate brownies for a laugh and the result was delicious.’
    • ‘It could make cakes, cookies, brownies, pizzas, candy and pies.’
    • ‘And the restaurant sells its own line of chocolate candies, brownies, and sumptuous dessert toppings from a retail counter up front.’
    • ‘Kathy came up a minute later to check on them and set a plate of chocolate chip brownies on the side table by her bed where they sat.’
    • ‘When your body is too hungry and screams for quick energy, you can easily succumb to chocolate chip cookies, brownies or candy bars.’
    • ‘When he went on a trip to Europe, he brought me back some brownies and some Lindt chocolate - to me that is still the best chocolate in the world.’
    • ‘About two years ago, Mona decided to set up a home-based chocolate business and expanded her product line by adding cookies, brownies and marble cakes.’
    • ‘These offered the most delicious apple strudel, chocolate brownies and buns!’
    • ‘I bend down to inspect the chocolate chip brownies and to try to figure out how many I can have without spoiling my appetite for dinner.’
    • ‘The brownies are rich and full of chocolate flavor.’
    • ‘As well as making mouthwatering delights such as chocolate brownies, cherry cakes, tea bread and fruit cakes, he can also turn his hand to preserves, pates and pork and Cumberland sausages.’
    • ‘The next day, I raised the bar and went for a fudge brownie with chocolate chips.’
    • ‘And then we would manage to ferret away all the chocolate brownies and ice cream we could get and gobbled them up until our stomachs were swollen, as though we were five months pregnant.’
    • ‘But if I told you that you had a choice out of the crumble, home made chocolate brownies, a tiramisu dripping with brandy, and a rich crème brûlée, you might find that you didn't want the crumble after all.’
    • ‘This glaze also will work on a pan of brownies, a pound cake, even a fruit tart.’
    • ‘Like brownies, chocolate cake is loved by everyone.’
    • ‘If you're making your own pound cake, brownies or angel food cake for the chocolate fondue, get baking.’
    • ‘But she forgot them all during a disastrous year in high school when she lived in suburban Boston as an exchange student and gained 20 pounds on a diet of brownies and chocolate chip cookies.’
    1. 1.1Australian, NZ A piece of sweet currant bread.
      • ‘It's an ideal arrangement and the dinner was also delicious - homemade Thai green curry and rice followed by freshly baked brownies and sugar strawberries.’
      • ‘I got home before him and I was sitting in the kitchen, eating peanut brownies, when William staggered in with the baby.’
      • ‘Despite Claude's cheery attitude and generosity with her homemade brownies, they all conspire to get rid of her.’
      • ‘When cold, remove brownie from tin and paper and cut into fingers or squares.’
      • ‘Mum asked me to cook some brownies and add extra walnuts.’
  • 2British A member of the junior branch of the Guide Association, for girls aged between about 7 and 10, wearing a brown uniform.

    ‘for my birthday I want to join the Brownies’
    • ‘Mrs Griffiths said: ‘In the Brownies, as well as doing their badges, the girls learn do research for themselves.’’
    • ‘Participation in Cub Scouts, Brownies, or other scouts accounted for 5.6% of the children.’
    • ‘Still, rebellion had a dress code and I followed it as sedulously as I had the one for the Brownies and Catholic School.’
    • ‘I only just avoided being drummed out of the Brownies.’
    • ‘The cash will be used to renovate the Scout building, also used by Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Venture Scouts.’
    • ‘All little girls aged seven years old and over are welcome to join the Brownies.’
    • ‘Keen to join the Brownies, she was told she would have to attend church.’
    • ‘An enthusiast since joining the Brownies aged seven, she believes the movement has a huge amount to offer.’
    • ‘The Rainbows is a group for girls aged between five and seven, before they join the Brownies.’
    • ‘A letter was received from Lesley Wade asking if the Brownies could paint a mural inside the bus shelter on boards.’
    • ‘Nearly everyone takes part, including the Brownies and the Highland dancers.’
    • ‘To help them complete their badges the Brownies contacted the police who asked them to design crime prevention posters.’
    • ‘As of now the Schools, Girl Guides, and The Brownies have shown an interest to use, and continue using the facility.’
    • ‘‘Some girls come who just love the Brownies but don't want to do badges,’ Mandy said.’
    • ‘Now I'm not a qualified doctor (I got my First Aid badge in the Brownies - does that count?) but if I were to hazard a diagnosis, I'd say that this is not a syndrome, it's just life.’
    • ‘Members of the Girl Guides and the Brownies provided the entertainment for the evening.’
    • ‘Girls wishing to join Brownies should attend on Thursday 22nd.’
    • ‘The former St Edmund's pupil has been involved with the Guide movement since she joined the Brownies at the age of seven.’
    • ‘I joined when I was ten after the Brownies and then I really wanted this award called the Baden-Powell award.’
  • 3A benevolent elf that supposedly haunts houses and does housework secretly.

    • ‘If you added to it the adventures of the Famous Five as they tackled smugglers and pirates and thieves, and the magical escapades of brownies and elves, you get something close to Harry Potter.’
    • ‘It wasn't often that Murdoch truly appreciated a practical joke but Johnny's contention that they had a leprechaun or a brownie in the house was too good to pass up.’
    • ‘Heathens also work with ‘hidden folk’ such as elves, brownies, dwarves and etins (giants and other not so pleasant folk).’
    • ‘In England the hobgoblin was as helpful a sprite as the brownie and was also known as Robin Goodfellow or Puck.’
    • ‘He did not know what trouble this could bring, for people spoke of elves and imps and brownies living up in the hills.’


Early 16th century (in brownie): diminutive of brown (a ‘wee brown man’ often appears in Scottish ballads and fairy tales).