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Gammerstang commented on the word brownstudy
(noun) - (1) Gloomy meditation.
--Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755
(2) Absence of mind; apparent thought, but real vacuity. The corresponding French expression explains it - sombre réverie. Sombre and brun both mean sad, melancholy, gloomy, dull.
--Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898
(3) Serious reverie; thoughtful absent-mindedness.
--Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
(4) Very common, even in educated society, but hardly admissible in writing. It is derived . . . from "brow study" and the Old German braun, or aug-braun, an eye-brow.
--John Hotten's Slang Dictionary, 1887
January 14, 2018
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