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What does brown as a berry mean?

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brown as a berry

If you are brown as a berry, you have tanned skin due to sun exposure. This idiom is mainly heard in the UK and Australia.

A variation of this phrase:

as brown as a berry.

What's the origin of 'brown as a berry'?

One of the earliest uses of this simile dates back to Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written in the 1380s. In the Prologue, Chaucer described the horse that a monk was riding as follows:

He was a lord full fat and in good point;
His eyen stepe and rolling in his head
That stemed as a fornice of a led;
His botes souple, his hors in gret estat,
Now certainly he was a sayre prelat.
He was not pale as a forpined gost;
A fat swan loved he best of any rost;

His palfrey was as broune as is a bery.

Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, (the Monk's Tale.


All through that summer Heidi went up to the pasture every day with Peter and the goats, and grew brown as a berry in the mountain sunshine.
1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 39.


When he came back from Morocco, he was as brown as a berry.

She spent her vacation on a tropical island and has become as brown as a berry.

After spending three weeks in this seaside holiday resort, I am now as brown as a berry.

This idiom is in the food category

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