Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • ‘I like the steady purpose of that brown-sailed tramp,’ she said to herself, watching a laden coaster making for Portsmouth.

    The Trespasser

  • A much heavier boat, broad-beamed, red-hulled and brown-sailed, was slowly coming round the point at this moment.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873

  • It is known there was a fog over the Solent on the afternoon in question and that a small brown-sailed boat with a man sitting in the stern put out from the shore and was presently swallowed up in the white tasselled wreaths of mist.

    Men of Affairs

  • An old, brown-sailed coal barge moved slowly past on the gentle wind, the many browns of its patched sails forming a rich splash of colour in the evening sun.

    Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light

  • Yet it is a sea that can be kindly enough; and in the long, golden summer evenings, when the brown-sailed fishing-boats in endless procession draw out from the "haven under the hill," to vanish seaward in the deepening twilight, you would scarce believe that a thing so gentle could be guilty of treachery, or ever could arise in sudden mad frenzy to slay those who had trusted it.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • Sea among the brown-sailed fishing-smacks, like a gigantic duck watching over her ducklings.

    Chatterbox, 1905.

  • It would be hopeless to attempt to name all the pictures that have carried different aspects of Newlyn life to the London exhibitions -- the piers, the blue-guernseyed fishermen, the brown-sailed smacks (now partly giving place to steam-drifters), the rich-complexioned old men and women, the lovely bright-eyed children, the sturdy lads, the gulls, the wonderful bay.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • And during the trial there came back to him like a flash the old days when, in company with another wayfarer, he tramped the long French roads, unwinding themselves like white ribbons before him, between the avenues of stiff, tall, silvery poplars on to the flat, windmill-dotted Dutch country, with the brown-sailed boats that seemed to sail along the fields.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • There was no fleet of brown-sailed stately barges turning out from the Medway as she passed; the weather was too much for them.

    The Port of London Murders

  • He stroked his beard and stared over the sea to where the brown-sailed herring boats of his brother and his nephew were coming in through the morning sunlight.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.