Brownie meaning

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A member of the Girl Scouts from six through eight years of age.
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A bar of moist, usually chocolate cake, often with nuts.
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A small sprite thought to do helpful work at night.
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A brown trout.
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(folklore) A small brown elf or goblin that does helpful tasks for people at night.
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A member of the division of the Girl Scouts for girls six to eight years of age.
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A kind of cookie that is a small bar or square of flat, dense, rich chocolate cake, often containing nuts.
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A small square piece of rich cake, usually made with chocolate.
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(folklore) A mythical creature, a helpful elf who would do people′s housework for them.
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(paganism) A household spirit or revered ancestor.
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(Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A tall, long-necked beer bottle, made from brown coloured glass.
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(Britain, Canada, Australia) A junior Girl Guide.
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(US) A junior Girl Scout.
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Origin of brownie

  • Sense 3, from the notion of the sprite as a tiny brown man

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the story "The Brownies" by Juliana Horatia Ewing, written in 1870. In the story two children, Tommy and Betty, learn that children can be helpful brownies or lazy boggarts.

    From Wiktionary

  • From brown +‎ -ie (“diminutive suffix”).

    From Wiktionary