in a brown study

  • 1 Brown study — Brown Brown (broun), a. [Compar. {Browner}; superl. {Brownest}.] [OE. brun, broun, AS. br?n; akin to D. bruin, OHG. br?n, Icel. br?nn, Sw. brun, Dan. bruun, G. braun, Lith. brunas, Skr. babhru. [root]93, 253. Cf. {Bruin}, {Beaver}, {Burnish},… …

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  • 2 brown study — n. [orig., somber thought < early sense of BROWN, somber, gloomy] a condition of being deep in thought; reverie …

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  • 3 brown study — {n. phr.} A time of deep thought about something; a deep thoughtful mood. * /When his wife found him, he had pushed away his books and was in a brown study./ …

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  • 4 brown study — {n. phr.} A time of deep thought about something; a deep thoughtful mood. * /When his wife found him, he had pushed away his books and was in a brown study./ …

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  • 5 brown study — deep, serious absorption in thought: Lost in a brown study, she was oblivious to the noise. [1525 35] * * * …

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  • 6 brown study — noun Melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought; daydream. So gathering up the shavings with another grin, and throwing them into the great stove in the middle of the room, he went about his business, and left me in a brown study …

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  • 7 brown\ study — n. phr. A time of deep thought about something; a deep thoughtful mood. When his wife found him, he had pushed away his books and was in a brown study …

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  • 8 brown study — brown′ stud′y n. deep, serious absorption in thought • Etymology: 1525–35 …

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  • 9 brown study — Synonyms and related words: Walter Mitty, absence of mind, absentmindedness, absorption, abstractedness, abstraction, bad dream, bemusement, castle building, close study, concentration, contemplativeness, daydream, daydreamer, daydreaming, deep… …

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  • 10 brown study — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one s surroundings: absent mindedness, abstraction, bemusement, daydreaming, muse2, reverie, study, trance. See AWARENESS …

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  • 11 brown study — /braʊn ˈstʌdi/ (say brown studee) noun deep, serious absorption in thought …

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  • 12 brown study — noun Date: 1532 a state of serious absorption or abstraction …

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  • 13 brown study — condition of being deeply stuck in one s own thoughts, immersion in thought …

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  • 14 brown study — Reverie, musing, abstraction, pre occupation, absence, absence of mind …

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  • 15 brown study — noun a state of deep absorption or thoughtfulness • Hypernyms: ↑reverie, ↑revery …

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  • 16 in a brown study — LOST IN THOUGHT, in a reverie, musing, ruminating, cogitating, dreaming, daydreaming; informal miles away. → study * * * I see study II absorbed in one s thoughts Origin: apparently originally from brown in the sense ‘gloomy’ …

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  • 17 in a brown study — ► in a brown study absorbed in one s thoughts. [ORIGIN: apparently originally from brown in the sense «gloomy».] Main Entry: ↑study …

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  • 18 in a brown study — you ll often catch a student in a brown study on a warm spring day like today Syn: lost in thought, in a reverie, musing, ruminating, cogitating, dreaming, daydreaming; informal miles away …

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  • 19 in a brown study — absorbed in one s thoughts. [appar. orig. from brown in the sense gloomy .] → study …

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  • 20 study — ► NOUN (pl. studies) 1) the devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge. 2) a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation. 3) a room for reading, writing, or academic work. 4) a piece of work done for practice or as an …

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