Brown·ie / ˈbrounē/ • n. (pl. -ies) 1. a member of the junior branch of the Girl Scouts, for girls aged between about 6 and 8. 2. (brownie) a small square of rich cake, typically chocolate cake with nuts. 3. (brownie) a benevolent elf supposed to haunt houses and do housework secretly. PHRASES: brownie point inf., humorous an imaginary award given to someone who does good deeds or tries to please: his policy will win brownie points with voters.
Brownies (now Brownie Guides) are the junior wing of the Guides, wearing a brown uniform; the organization awards points and badges for proficiency in various activities.
brownie point an imaginary award given to someone who does good deeds or tries to please.