Definition of brownie in US English:

brownie

noun

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

    • ‘When your body is too hungry and screams for quick energy, you can easily succumb to chocolate chip cookies, brownies or candy bars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for me, I don't think I could survive without my brownies and chocolate chips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This glaze also will work on a pan of brownies, a pound cake, even a fruit tart.’
    • ‘These offered the most delicious apple strudel, chocolate brownies and buns!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It could make cakes, cookies, brownies, pizzas, candy and pies.’
    • ‘Try adding nuts or other dried fruits- or make plain chocolate brownies without any extras at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you're making your own pound cake, brownies or angel food cake for the chocolate fondue, get baking.’
    • ‘The brownies are rich and full of chocolate flavor.’
    • ‘Like brownies, chocolate cake is loved by everyone.’
    • ‘And the restaurant sells its own line of chocolate candies, brownies, and sumptuous dessert toppings from a retail counter up front.’
    • ‘I once partnered an Australian sparkling ale with chocolate brownies for a laugh and the result was delicious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A member of the junior branch of the Girl Scouts, for girls aged between about 6 and 8.

    • ‘When I was in elementary school in Colorado, I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout until the age of 12 when we moved to Kansas.’
    • ‘Best Float was won by the Brownies in Flintstone outfits and Bedrock cars and Nursery Rhymes won best walking in their Thomas the Tank Engine locomotives.’
    • ‘The former St Edmund's pupil has been involved with the Guide movement since she joined the Brownies at the age of seven.’
    • ‘After serving as a Brownie and then a Guide with the Eastbrook Hall group in Bradford, she moved to St Stephen's at West Bowling where she became a Guide Lieutenant.’
    • ‘Members of the Girl Guides and the Brownies provided the entertainment for the evening.’
    • ‘Men, youth and children have also taken part in the effort, including Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.’
    • ‘All little girls aged seven years old and over are welcome to join the Brownies.’
    • ‘A BRAVE Brownie who survived two strokes is looking forward to celebrating Christmas at home with her family.’
    • ‘Still, rebellion had a dress code and I followed it as sedulously as I had the one for the Brownies and Catholic School.’
    • ‘She was a Brownie, Guide and Ranger as well as belonging to the Girls' Friendly Society.’
    • ‘Nearly everyone takes part, including the Brownies and the Highland dancers.’
    • ‘Maybe it's like being a Girl Scout or a Brownie and some how or other, you fly up and make it into Manipura just in the nick of time and you're headed home free before you know it.’
    • ‘The cash will be used to renovate the Scout building, also used by Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Venture Scouts.’
    • ‘Girls wishing to join Brownies should attend on Thursday 22nd.’
    • ‘Keen to join the Brownies, she was told she would have to attend church.’
    • ‘Almost 300,000 Brownies in Britain, aged between seven and ten, will wear the new uniform.’
    • ‘As of now the Schools, Girl Guides, and The Brownies have shown an interest to use, and continue using the facility.’
    • ‘An enthusiast since joining the Brownies aged seven, she believes the movement has a huge amount to offer.’
    • ‘Then one of the Brownies asked me, ‘Did you remember to replace the earth you dug from the hole when you rose the following morning?’’
    • ‘It seems I have broken some cultural taboo by being white and a non-Christian and, ironically enough, it did always strike me as strange that our multi-cultural neighbourhood had not one brown face in the Brownies at the local church.’
    • ‘To help them complete their badges the Brownies contacted the police who asked them to design crime prevention posters.’
    • ‘Happy camping to all the Brownies and their leaders who are going on their annual weekend camp to Ballina on Friday, May 27.’
    • ‘He added that the gala committee had been greatly assisted by the Old White Bear public house, which stepped in at the eleventh hour to provide refreshments, and the Brownies who cleared the tables.’
    • ‘‘Some girls come who just love the Brownies but don't want to do badges,’ Mandy said.’
    • ‘I joined when I was ten after the Brownies and then I really wanted this award called the Baden-Powell award.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A letter was received from Lesley Wade asking if the Brownies could paint a mural inside the bus shelter on boards.’
    • ‘I only just avoided being drummed out of the Brownies.’
    • ‘She went to Dauntsey's Primary School in West Lavington and was a Brownie with the local group in West Lavington.’
    • ‘The Rainbows is a group for girls aged between five and seven, before they join the Brownies.’
    • ‘I've been selling Girl Scout cookies since first grade, when I was a Brownie.’
    • ‘Sophie, who has been a Brownie herself, takes over the presidency following the death of Princess Margaret in February last year.’
  • 3A benevolent elf supposed to haunt houses and do 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.’
    • ‘In England the hobgoblin was as helpful a sprite as the brownie and was also known as Robin Goodfellow or Puck.’
    • ‘Heathens also work with ‘hidden folk’ such as elves, brownies, dwarves and etins (giants and other not so pleasant folk).’
    • ‘He did not know what trouble this could bring, for people spoke of elves and imps and brownies living up in the hills.’

Origin

Early 16th century (in brownie (sense 3)): diminutive of brown (a ‘wee brown man’ often appears in Scottish ballads and fairy tales).

Pronunciation

brownie

/ˈbrounē//ˈbraʊni/