brown etymology

English word brown comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrewe-, and later Proto-Germanic *brūnaz (Brown.)

Detailed word origin of brown

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bʰrewe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bʰrē- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to carry, to bear, to carry, transport, to carry, bear
*bherw- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*brūnaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Brown.
brūn Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
broun Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Brown (of a brown color).
brown English (eng) (obsolete) Gloomy.. (sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.. Having a brown colour. (countable, and, uncountable) A colour like that of chocolate or coffee.. (snooker, countable) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 4 points.. (sometimes capitalised, countable) A person of Middle Eastern, Latino or South [...]

Words with the same origin as brown

Descendants of *bʰrewe-
bar barking base bear beer bird birth board born bread break breath breathe bridge broke broken buried burn bury difference fortune offer prefer suffer