Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Broth; pottage.
  • noun Bread soaked in broth or the liquor in which beef is being boiled; also, brown bread warmed in milk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Broth or pottage.
  • noun Bread soaked in broth, drippings of roast meat, milk, or water and butter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a kind of broth thickened with bread or meal

Etymologies

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Old French broez, brouez, brouets plural of broet, brouet (French brouet ‘gruel’), from breu, from *brodittum, a diminutive of vulgar Latin *brodum, from Germanic *brod ‘sauce’ (English broth).

Examples

  • I found the poor men on board almost in a tumult to get the victuals out of the boiler before it was ready; but my mate observed his orders, and kept a good guard at the cook-room door, and the man he placed there, after using all possible persuasion to have patience, kept them off by force; however, he caused some biscuit-cakes to be dipped in the pot, and softened with the liquor of the meat, which they called brewis, and gave them every one some to stay their stomachs, and told them it was for their own safety that he was obliged to give them but little at a time.

    The Further Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe

  • I found the poor men on board almost in a tumult to get the victuals out of the boiler before it was ready; but my mate observed his orders, and kept a good guard at the cook-room door, and the man he placed there, after using all possible persuasion to have patience, kept them off by force; however, he caused some biscuit-cakes to be dipped in the pot, and softened with the liquor of the meat, which they called brewis, and gave them every one some to stay their stomachs, and told them it was for their own safety that he was obliged to give them but little at a time.

    The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

  • I found the poor men on board almost in a tumult to get the victuals out of the boiler before it was ready; but my mate observed his orders, and kept a good guard at the cook-room door, and the man he placed there, after using all possible persuasion to have patience, kept them off by force; however, he caused some biscuit-cakes to be dipped in the pot, and softened with the liquor of the meat, which they called brewis, and gave them every one some to stay their stomachs, and told them it was for their own safety that he was obliged to give them but little at a time.

    The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

  • That is called a brewis, my dear; suppose we give it to our pampered family here some day, and see what they say.

    Hildegarde's Neighbors

  • I have had my first, and I may add my last, experience of "brewis," an indeterminate concoction much in favour as an article of diet on this coast.

    Le Petit Nord or, Annals of a Labrador Harbour

  • Gran scooped the fish and crunchy pork brewis from the iron pan into a large plate and handed it to me.

    Secret of the Night Ponies

  • Gran scooped the fish and crunchy pork brewis from the iron pan into a large plate and handed it to me.

    Secret of the Night Ponies

  • Gran scooped the fish and crunchy pork brewis from the iron pan into a large plate and handed it to me.

    Secret of the Night Ponies

  • The youth returned his greeting and, going into the house, brought out two platters, one full of soured milk and the other of brewis swimming in clarified butter; and he set the platter before Kanmakan, saying “Favour us by eating of our victual.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The first Háshim got his name from crumbling bread into the Saríd or brewis of the Meccan pilgrims during “The Ignorance.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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  • Bread soaked in liquid and eaten as a pudding or as a side dish.

    November 27, 2007

  • Usage note on mundle.

    "Brewis, also brews(e), broose, bruis, bruise, bruse. 'Bread soaked in boiling fat pottage made of salted meat.' 1755 'Bread or oatcake soaked in hot water.' See also fish, fish and brewis, fisherman's brewis. Sea biscuit or 'hard tack' soaked in water and then boiled; such a dish cooked with salt cod and fat pork."

    Dictionary of Newfoundland English, 65

    May 6, 2008

  • Unless I miss my guess, that dish has its roots in Swedish "cuisine!"

    May 7, 2008

  • "Bernard dumps the food on a big baking sheet, which they put on a plank across one of the holds, and they stand in the hold where the catch should have been and with plastic forks start eating toward the center. The dish, called Fisherman's Brewis, is monochromatic, with off-white pork fat and off-white potatoes and occasional darker pieces of salt beef. What stands out is the stark whiteness of the thick flakes of fresh cod. This is the meal they grew up on...."

    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 11

    July 14, 2009