brown study


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brown study

n.
A state of deep thought.

[brown, gloomy + study, mental state.]

brown study

n
a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie

brown′ stud′y


n.
deep, serious absorption in thought.
[1525–35]

brown study

- Gloomy meditation or melancholy is known as being in a brown study.
See also related terms for melancholy.
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Noun1.brown study - a state of deep absorption or thoughtfulness
revery, reverie - an abstracted state of absorption

brown study

noun
The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
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She was setting there in a brown study, with it laying in her lap.
Alec paced up and down the lower hall in the twilight for an hour, thinking so intently that sometimes he frowned, sometimes he smiled, and more than once he stood still in a brown study.
Anne walked home in a brown study and poured out her tale to Gilbert.
Linton sank back on his pillow and fell into a brown study.
One day, as he was roaming along in a brown study, thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was, and was like to be, all on a sudden there stood before him a little, rough-looking, black dwarf.
But there being no boiler at the Black Lion, and the rioters having so beaten and battered his own that it was quite unfit for further service, he wandered out again, in a perfect bog of uncertainty and mental confusion, and in that state took the strangest means of resolving his doubts: such as feeling the sleeve of his son's greatcoat as deeming it possible that his arm might be there; looking at his own arms and those of everybody else, as if to assure himself that two and not one was the usual allowance; sitting by the hour together in a brown study, as if he were endeavouring to recall Joe's image in his younger days, and to remember whether he really had in those times one arm or a pair; and employing himself in many other speculations of the same kind.
As they stood hesitating at a little distance, they saw that he sat for a few minutes at a time like one in a brown study, then laid aside his pipe and took a few turns in his garden, then approached the gate and looked towards the green, then took up his pipe again with a sigh, and sat down thoughtfully as before.
Tarzan sat in a brown study for a long time after he finished reading the letter.
A camel did this for one of the boys, who was drooping over his saddle in a brown study.
But now he went about in an almost unbroken brown study, made unexpected and lengthy trips across the bay to Oakland, or sat at his desk silent and motionless for hours.
He walked to church in a brown study and at the door he took off his hat.
Tom was carried off by the chambermaid in a brown study, from which he was roused in a clean little attic, by that buxom person calling him a little darling and kissing him as she left the room; which indignity he was too much surprised to resent.