Definition of brown owl in English:

brown owl


  • 1

    another term for tawny owl
    • ‘This dumpy little brown owl, with its icing sugar spots, can sometimes be seen perched on street lights, snapping up the moths that whirl around them dementedly.’
    • ‘At present there is a brown owl, white-faced owls and natal francolin in the room.’
    • ‘They tried hawk and bittern but the Gluttons chickened out after digesting a particularly stringy old brown owl, deciding to concentrate their studies on the effects of the port accompanying their meat instead.’
    • ‘She looked down to the tree in the backyard and noticed a small brown owl sitting on one of the branches.’
    • ‘The actual benefits will be the natural vegetation of the riverbank corridor; increasing diversity of wildlife, such as brown owls, water voles, kingfishers and otters, as well as providing cover and food for fish populations.’
  • 2British informal The adult leader of a group of Brownies, officially termed the Brownie Guider since 1968.

    • ‘Anyone interested in becoming a Brown Owl would receive full training and police checks before taking over from Janet.’
    • ‘I've been a Brown Owl on and off since 1967, totalling 25 years in all.’
    • ‘It was a Brown Owl informing him that there were children present.’
    • ‘Married with two children, she has lived in the area for many years, and her 20 years of voluntary work includes long service with the Guide Association for which she acts as a Brown Owl.’