- a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
- a breed, species, group, or kind: The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
- to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
- (of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
- to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder: He brooded the problem.
- to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
- to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually followed by over or on).
- kept for breeding: a brood hen.
- brood above/over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene: The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
Origin of brood
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Examples from the Web for brood
The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
An uncle and his family resided in another house and his aunt and her brood in a third.A Young Chef Travels to Calabria, Italy, and Learns the Old Ways of Cooking
November 28, 2013
Which is a question that French nationalists continue to brood about.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?
June 9, 2013
The Atlantic explains one rough part of being a 17-year brood: developers often turn forests into cities in far less time.
This year's Brood II cicadas are currently appearing on the East Coast (although not quite with the drama we initially expected).
Women were like she wolves for greed when they had a brood of whelps.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
She fussed around like any other old hen who had in charge a brood of ducks.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
It is well to be prepared for it, but it is ill to brood over a fancied future of evil.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
And were you not, for your audacity, left to brood ten days and nights in gaol?The Book of Khalid
Verville has sworn that there shall be one less of the Italian brood.The Suitors of Yvonne
- a number of young animals, esp birds, produced at one hatching
- all the offspring in one family: often used jokingly or contemptuously
- a group of a particular kind; breed
- (as modifier) kept for breedinga brood mare
- (of a bird)
- to sit on or hatch (eggs)
- (tr)to cover (young birds) protectively with the wings
- (when intr , often foll by on, over or upon) to ponder morbidly or persistently
Word Origin and History for brood
Old English brod "brood, fetus, hatchling," from Proto-Germanic *brod (cf. Middle Dutch broet, Old High German bruot, German Brut "brood"), literally "that which is hatched by heat," from *bro- "to warm, heat," from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat, incubate," from root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).