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"Being in a brown study"

Posted by TheFallen on February 24, 2003

In Reply to: "Being in a brown study" posted by Neil Barrett on February 24, 2003

: Being in a brown study is a term used to describe someone who is daydreaming. Can anyone help by telling me its derivation ?

Being in a brown study means deep in thought, and more often than not, deep in unhappy or depressing thoughts. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, it comes from brown as in a figurative sense of gloomy, and study, which among many other things can mean "a state of mind or mental absorbtion".