from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the Girl Scouts from six through eight years of age.
  • n. A bar of moist, usually chocolate cake, often with nuts.
  • n. A small sprite thought to do helpful work at night.
  • n. A brown trout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small square piece of rich cake, usually made with chocolate.
  • n. A mythical creature, a helpful elf who would do people′s housework for them.
  • n. A household spirit or revered ancestor.
  • n. (colloquial) A tall, long-necked beer bottle, made from brown coloured glass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An imaginary good-natured spirit, who was supposed often to perform important services around the house by night, such as thrashing, churning, sweeping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Scotland, a spirit supposed to haunt houses, particularly farm-houses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  • n. square or bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts
  • n. a junior Girl Scout


Sense 3, from the notion of the sprite as a tiny brown man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From brown +‎ -ie (“diminutive suffix”). (Wiktionary)



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