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  • (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