June 11, 2016
- browser (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : one that browses2 : a computer program providing access to information on a network and especially to websites
- How do you use it?
- Margo mentioned that there were a number of browsers in the shop but no one was buying.
- Are you a word wiz?
Scholars aren't completely sure of the origin of "browser," but they think it comes from the word "brout." What do you think "brout" means?"Brout" means "sprout" in Anglo-French (the French language used in medieval England), though it is ultimately of Germanic origin. Middle English speakers probably borrowed its plural form, "brouts," to form the noun "browse" which means "tender shoots, twigs, and leaves of trees and shrubs used by animals for food." They also likely used "brouts" to form "brouusen," a verb meaning "to graze" or "to eat browse" and which later became the verb "browse." Eventually, the noun "browser" was formed from the verb "browse."