- a device or structure for the rearing of young chickens or other birds.
- a person or animal that broods.
Origin of brooder
- 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 brooder
But woman as a human incubator and brooder is an 170 obsolete machine.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
We are all alike and yet all different; each of us is a wanderer, a brooder, a seeker.The New Society
"I opine we've got a brooder with us in the carriage behind," said Badger, in a low tone.Frank Merriwell's Son
Burt L. Standish
I can get a first-rate one for forty dollars, and I can buy one 'brooder.'
For convenience this house will be spoken of as brooder house No. 1.Ducks and Geese
Harry M. Lamon
- an enclosure or other structure, usually heated, used for rearing young chickens or other fowl
- a person or thing that broods
- 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 brooder
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.)).