1. as the colour of drinks.
(a) porter, stout.
|Mayor of Garrat in Works (1799) I 184: I’ll go to the club when I please [...] and help myself to what vittles I like, and I’ll have a bit of the brown.|
|Fancy [Gloss.] n.p.: Brown, porter; heavy brown, stout.‘Stanzas to Kate’ in|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 416: Gulping down his emotion and a liberal dose of the best brown British.|
(b) attrib. use of sense 1a.
|Fancy 84: Oh, never again, / I’ll cultivate light blue, or brown inebriety.‘Stanzas to Kate’ in|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 20: Their glasses filled with the ‘London brown S,’ it’s saffron-colored foam o’ermantling the dark clear essence of the malt beneath.|
|Little Ragamuffin 256: ‘Hop in there and get a pint of best brown.’ [...] I was served with my pint of brown brandy.|
(d) two pennyworth of whisky, esp. as sold in Mooney’s Tavern in the Strand, London.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(e) (US Und.) whisky.
|DAUL 34/2: Brown, n. 1. (Prohibition era trade term) Whiskey. [Note: ‘Brown plaid’ was in occasional use to distinguish Scotch from rye.].et al.|
(f) brown ale.
|Cockney 293: In a public house [...] a request for a pint of ‘brown’ or of ‘wallop’ will be made.|
|Breaking of Bumbo (1961) 42: Let’s go and have a brown in the NAAFI. Billy came with him to drink in the NAFFI.|
|No Surrender 53: I’ll have a brown over mild an’ a double Jamesons.|
|Davey Darling 20: They poured beer in with the hams. ‘A bit of brown for flavour, eh?’ said the old man.|
(g) (Aus.) spec. Tooth’s Kent Old Brown Ale.
|Aussie Home Brewer 29 Nov. [Internet] No, sorry, I was a southerner when I was drinking Reschs. Loved them all from DA through to Real. Tooths was such a great brewer, even their brown was a great drop.|
|RateBeer 15 May [Internet] Schooner of brown! Tooheys Old’s elusive rival. On tap at Penshurst hotel.|
2. as the colour of coins or notes.
(a) (UK Und.) counterfeit halfpennies.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Sporting Times 1 Nov. 1/4: Q. What is the national currency? A. [...] Hanover Jacks, snide white ’uns, duffing browns, flash flimsies, stumers, bits of stiff, kites, tombstones.|
(b) (also brown broad, browny) a halfpenny; a penny; thus browns, copper coins.
|Tom and Jerry III iii: My tanners are like young colts; I’m obliged to hunt ’em into a corner, afore I can get hold on ’em – there! hand us over three browns out o’ that ’ere tizzy, and tip us the heavy.|
|Annals of Sporting 1 Mar. 206: He got floored thrice, hard; got hooted ‘off, off!’ got his claret tapped, and got a few brownies.|
|Every Night Book 34: A small assortment of tizzies and browns.|
|Dens of London 52: Have you got any browns (pence) about you, Paddy?|
|Ingoldsby Legends (1842) 24: With the magic effect of a handful of crowns / Upon people whose pockets boast nothing but ‘browns’.‘Black Mousquetaire’ in|
|New Sprees of London 20: The passport dimmock, is a brown broad, which goes to the concert cad, or conductor, the piano-torturer being tipped by the great boss of the concern.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Sept. 3/1: To amuse the bystanders and collect a few browns, Bobby rolled over the same distance in five minutes.|
|Sinks of London Laid Open 46: Have you got any browns (pence) about you, Paddy?|
|Kendal Mercury 17 Apr. 6/1: Vat sort of a place is this for copping the browns?|
|Yokel’s Preceptor 29: Brown broad, A penny.|
|Melbourne Punch 20 Nov. 4/1: ‘Proposals for a New Slang Dictionary’ [...] PEWTER.—Noun. Brads, rhino, blunt, dibbs, mopusses, browns, tin, brass, stumpy, &c.|
|S.F. Call 26 Mar. n.p.: [He] Went to fight the furious tiger, / Went to fight the beast at faro, / And was cleaned out so completely / That he lost his every mopus, / Every single speck of pewter, / Every solitary shiner, / Every brad and every dollar [...] All the tin he did inherit, / All the dibs he did discover, / All the browns his uncle lent him.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor III 49/2: They gets sovereigns where we has only browns.|
|Dagonet Ballads 83: Past work is old Polly, God bless her! but while / I’ve a roof and a brown / There’s a meal for the mare as has served me.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Oct. 8/1: The wretched unemployed of London town / Are wondering where to ‘turn an honest brown,’ / For winter chill / Is bringing destitution in his track.|
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 116: ’Ere’s two ’arf-crowns an’ some tanners. Seven an’ thrippence altogether, with the browns.|
|Truth (Sydney) 17 Feb. 6/1: It is just the same in buying the ‘Telegraph’. One buys it with the expectation of getting some return for his ‘brown’.|
|Hooligan Nights 101: I got me ’ooks on to a tanner an’ a couple of browns.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Jan. 14/2: ‘Ha’penny currint starver.’ I gave him the roll and took the coin. He shared his loaf with No. 2, who, filling his mouth, grabbed the rest from No. 1 and levanted. No. 1 then came back crying, and said ‘Yer’s a brown; giv us another, and put it down me back.’.|
|Jim of the Ranges 31: You know I never saved a brown on the wallaby.|
|Truth (Wellington) 11 Nov. 7/1: The kids went on the cadge for browns.|
|(con. WWI) Somme Mud 3: Though to-day I’m stony broke / Without a single brown.|
|Dundee Eve. Teleg. 19 July 2/4: [A] halfpenny is a ‘brown’ or a ‘madzer (pronounced ‘medzer’), ‘saltee’ [...] ‘mag,’ ‘posh,’ ‘bawbee,’ or ‘rap’.|
|Narromine News (NSW) 25 Oct. 9/5: Sing a song o’ three ‘browns,’ / Think of what it means, / ‘Busted up’ on ice creams / Or on limousines.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 332: ‘I’ll take a couple of browns off you, if you don’t mind.’ Henry dropped the two pennies in his hand.|
|Argus (Melbourne) 13 June 4s/3: 3 Browns = 1 tray (treybit).|
|(ref. to 1930s–70s) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 206: Brown – 1d.|
(c) (UK black) a £10 note.
|(con. 1981) East of Acre Lane 186: ‘How much corn you gonna sell dese speakers for?’ [...] ‘T’re browns each.’.|
3. pertaining to the anus.
(a) (also round brown) the anus.
|‘The Amiable Family’ in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 8: On our door you’ll see wrote, / Those names I here quote — / ‘Mr Balls’ — ‘Mrs Mary Brown’ — ‘Rogers!’.|
|My Secret Life (1966) VI 1152: His prick stands after I have worked it up and down in the brown for a while.|
|Sl. of Venery I 24: Brown – The fundament.|
|Gas-House McGinty 180: Jesus, every one of us get it rammed up our brown before we’re through.|
|in Limerick (1953) 95: A Phi Delt known as Carruthers / Will never make little girls mothers. / Around the old brown / He is covered with down / To wipe off the dongs of his brothers.|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 5: Goober’s so busy kissin’ Anderson’s tail he don’t see nothin’ but brown.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 212: When the grocery man seen what this little fly had done, / he went and got a flyspray gun. / And he chased this little fly up and down, / and tried to shoot him up his brown.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) ‘Alice Blue Gown’ in Snatches and Lays 15: When he said to me ‘Please turn around,’ / And he shoved that big thing up my brown.|
|Choirboys (1976) 63: Bend over and show me that round brown.|
|Maledicta 1 (Summer) 15: Up your brown with a Roto-Rooter—and spin it!|
(b) sodomy, anal intercourse.
|My Secret Life (1966) VI 1151: ‘Are you fond of a bit of brown?’ – he asked – I did not understand and he explained. – ‘We always say a bit of brown among ourselves, and a cunt’s a bit of red.’.|
|Algiers Motel Incident 111: No, your honour, this is what they call it. They usually refer to it either as a fuck or a brown.|
|Maledicta III:2 231: He also may or may not know the following words and expressions: [...] bottom man (opposite: top man), brown and brownie.|
(c) an act of defecation.
|Locked Ward (2013) 184: Nobody wants to pester a man who’s having a brown.|
4. the colour of drugs, also in pl. browns.
(a) (drugs) opium.
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 128: Men and women sprawled on straw bunks cooking fragrant, satisfying pills of bubbling brown.|
|‘West Point Sl.’ in Howitzer (US Milit. Academy) 292–5: Brown – The filthy weed.|
(c) (drugs, also B, brown boy, ...dope, …lady) heroin.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Heroin in Perspective 198: Brown. Heroin from Mexico.|
|Bk of Jargon 325: Also H, big H, blanks, boy, brother, brown, brown sugar, caballo, [...].|
|Tragic Magic 53: He had a lot of brown dope [...] People were under the false impression that the brown was more pure.|
|Green River Rising 70: They’re good customers. Crystal, weed, crack, brown.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] Give me uncut Colombian brown any day of the week.|
|Grits 4: Good gear like? Not cut with too much shite, no? Pure bleedin brown boy. D’yew think Iain ud sell me anythin less.|
|Hyperdub.com [Internet] Crack’s bad. I’ve seen heroin fuck up lives: it’s the devil’s drug. To be honest I don’t know which one’s worse. Some people buy both, two brown, one white.in Vice Mag. at|
|Urban Grimshaw 139: A few more lines of the sweet brown lady and I no longer cared.|
|Camden New Journal (London) 13 Mar. 2: Undercover police described how they bought wraps of ‘white and brown’.|
|Life 417: I bought some Persian brown from a woman named Cathy Smith.|
|Observer 9 Oct. [Internet] ‘He wants four 10-bags of dubs and four 10-bags of B.’ Dubs? B? ‘Dubs are white drugs [...] B is brown, obviously, heroin’.|
|Viva La Madness 290: The older O’Malleys were all mad alcoholics while the younger ones were lost to the brown and the white.|
|‘Upsuh’ [lyrics] Back to the dark and the light / Man moves brown when it's bright.|
(d) attrib. use of sense 4c.
|Urban Grimshaw 36: Greta and I had arranged one of our brown sessions, where we got loads of brown and got smashed out of our faces.|
(e) (US drugs) usu. in pl., amphetamines.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Snowblind (1978) 240: The most popular word is ups. Brain ticklers, browns, cartwheels [...] are words of the sixties and are out of use now.|
|Bk of Jargon 337: browns: Amphetamine.|
(f) (also brown bob) a cigarette or cigar.
|Scholar 254: ‘I was jus’ gettin’ some ciggies,’ he lied [...] ‘I got browns,’ she told him.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Brown Bob (noun) A blunt without the weed.|
5. (US) hot cakes.
|L.A. Times 9 Apr. 5: ‘A stack of browns’ – hot cakes.|
6. the colour of one’s skin.
(a) (US black) a young, brown-skinned person, esp. as a boy- or girlfriend.
|inTreasury of the Blues 71: You ought to see dat stovepipe brown of mine.|
|‘Hesitating Blues’ [lyrics] What you say, can’t talk to my Brown! A storm last night blowed the wires all down.|
|‘Big Feeling Blues’ [lyrics] Unlucky with my yellow, unlucky with my brown, / the black bitches keep on throwin’ me down.|
|‘Little Queen of Spades’ [lyrics] Ev’ry time she makes a spread, hoo, fair brown, cold chills just run all over me.|
|Really the Blues 219: I know they’re briny ’cause they dug me with a brace of browns the other fish-black.|
|Book of Negro Folklore 383: A sealskin brown will make a preacher lay his bible down.|
|‘Life Is 2009’ [lyrics] Keep a bad yella bitch and a thick young brown.|
(b) (S.Afr.) a black South African.
|Walk in the Night (1968) 44: Jesus, and he was a white man, too. Well, what’s he want to come and live here among us browns for?|
(c) a Mexican; also attrib.
|ElChulo.net [Internet] homepage: This is a drawing board for El Chulo, himself, to show the world his Chuloizm. A little bit of Brown Pride, a little visual stimulation for those mind orgasmz. A grip of flicks, the homies, and life images of this Chulo.|
Pertaining to money
see separate entry.
(UK Und.) counterfeit halfpence and farthings.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(Aus.) to play ‘two-up’.
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 14: I’ve lorst me former joy in gittin’ shick, / Or ‘eadin’ browns.‘A Spring Song’ in|
Pertaining to the anus
a male homosexual.
|‘Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy’ [lyrics] Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing / City slick Captain / Fantastic the feedback / The honey the hive could be holding.|
|England Away 18: The brown dirt cowboy at the controls puts his foot down and speeds off.|
(US black) a male homosexual.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] brown diver Definition: a gay man. Example: Dayum...nigga dem pink shoes make yo ass look like a brown diver.|
see separate entries.
see separate entry.
see brown v.3
(gay) to have anal intercourse.
|Maledicta III:2 231: He also may or may not know the following words and expressions: [...] daub of the (tar) brush, Dead-Eye Dick, do it up brown, double-barrelled ghee [guy], drive.|
(N.Z.) to expose the buttocks.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(US Und.) to sodomize.
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
to work as a male prostitute.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 37: If it wasn’t for Sonny English this boy would still be hawking the brown down on the Dilly.|
(US gay) to sodomize.
|Queens’ Vernacular 88: anal intercourse [...] hit the round brown.|
(Irish) a phr. of dismissal or general negation, e.g. ‘I mean it, I really do’, ‘Bollocks! you do in your brown!’.
|Van (1998) 367: Do none of yis go up to the Hikers at all? – I do, said Kenny. – Yeh do in your brown, said Anto.|
|Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] I will in me brown (phr): I won’t!|
when a woman is menstruating, opt for anal intercourse.
|[||‘A Day In The Life Of...’ 29 Apr. [Internet] I was then faced with a decision, should I go for the ‘easy pink or the tight brown’? – I decided to play safe on this occasion].|
|Urban Dict. [Internet] when the red is over the pink, go for the brown: When a woman is menstruating, opt for anal intercourse with her.|
a general excl. of abuse, dismissal; var. on up your arse! excl.
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 65: ‘Up your brown!’ sneered Weary.Young Lonigan in|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 623: He [...] didn’t give a damn what she thought of him, and silently exclaimed, Up your brown Lizzie.Judgement Day in|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 457: ‘Up your rusty, bitch!’ he snarled back after her.|
Pertaining to drugs
see sense 4c
(UK drugs) a heroin user.
|Urban Grimshaw 257: The Whiteheads and Brownheads are the two distinct and easily recognisable sub-groups of modern youth culture.|
see sense 4c
|Traffic In Narcotics 306: brown rine. Heroin.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 4: Brown rhine — Heroin.|