Brewis

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brewis Bread soaked in broth, drippings of roast meat, milk, or water and butter.
    • Brewis Broth or pottage. "Let them of their Bonner's “beef” and “broth” make what brewis they please for their credulous guests."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brewis Broth; pottage.
    • n brewis Bread soaked in broth or the liquor in which beef is being boiled; also, brown bread warmed in milk.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brewis, brouwys, browesse, brewet, OF. brouet, -s, being the OF. ending of the nom. sing. and acc. pl.; dim. of OHG. brod,. √93. See Broth, and cf. Brose

Usage

In literature:

Thou likest best monastical brewis, the prime, the flower of the pot.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Thou likest best monastical brewis, the prime, the flower of the pot.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
When day, peeping in the east, made the sky turn from black to red like a boiling lobster, he waked us again to take a dish of monastical brewis.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
Brewis is made of crusts and dry pieces of bread, soaked a good while in hot milk, mashed up, and eaten with salt.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Spread those that are not eaten, and let them dry, to be pounded for puddings, or soaked for brewis.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
If, by any mishap, bread has soured a little, make into water toast or brewis, adding a teaspoonful of soda to the water or milk.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
Nokka brewis goo, honowin nudwag moonoo shugh kawmun menjeis.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
But 'twas not the brewis, I know, that made it start.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine" by Various
Here's your brewis, sir.
"Every Man for Himself" by Norman Duncan
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In poetry:

When t' quartern loaf were raised to one and four,
We'd watter-brewis, swedes stown out o' t' field;
Farmers were t' landlords' jackals, an' us poor
Tewed in Egyptian bondage unrepealed.
"The Hungry Forties" by F W Moorman
'Lo ye now!
This fellow hath broken from some Abbey, where,
God wot, he had not beef and brewis enow,
However that might chance! but an he work,
Like any pigeon will I cram his crop,
And sleeker shall he shine than any hog.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Alexandra Brewis is professor of medical anthropology and executive director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.
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