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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.


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Scottish habitational surname of uncertain meaning. Probably of Pictish or Gaelic origin. Some of the suggestions that have been advanced as to the meaning of the name Brodie are:


  • Miss Brodie is convinced that she is in her prime, but perhaps, the book suggests, we talk about being in our prime only when we are not in fact in it.

    The Prime of Ms. Muriel Spark

  • Jean Brodie is the devastatingly popular schoolteacher who dominates the junior pupils of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, in Edinburgh in the 1930s.

    The Prime of Ms. Muriel Spark

  • As played by Maggie Smith, prim Miss Jean Brodie is now Professor McGonagall, who can turn herself into a cat at will, but is apparently powerless against a face that droops like a clump of wet Bounty towels.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • I think The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is over rated, and suspect, given an early struggle with Humbolt’s Gift, that the same might be the case with Bellow.


  • Her sixth novel, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1961), had catapulted her into the ranks of celebrity authorship, and the New Yorker, which had printed "Brodie" in a single issue, gave her an office; from her 18th-floor window she could see the flashing neon sign of the Time/Life building at Rockefeller Center.

    "Muriel Spark: The Biography" by Martin Stannard, reviewed by Elaine Showalter

  • I have four novels by Spark "Brodie" is one on my shelf.

    :Acquired Taste

  • There was a bare chance that "Brodie" might have witnessed their arrival and might be coming in now to save them all a great amount of time and trouble by acting the overjoyed, rescued castaway.

    Star Hunter

  • "Brodie," said Furneaux, seeming to pounce on the chauffeur, "you were seated at the wheel when the shot was fired?"

    The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley

  • In authorial commentary, Spark notes that this is an odd view for someone such as Brodie and suggests that Brodie was best suited to the Roman Catholic church, which might have refined her excesses.

    Tea at Trianon

  • FB Mike Cox: ERFA; terms unknown. — * QB Brodie Croyle: RFA; (tendered at $1. 759M with second-round pick as compensation); $1. 759M/1 yr. —

    Kansas City Chiefs Team Report


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