- a small, natural stream of fresh water.
Origin of brook1
- to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.
Origin of brook2
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Examples from the Web for brook
Unable to help her legally, as her case had already been dismissed at every level, Brook referred her to me.What Military Base Shootings Reveal About the Mental Health Debate
February 9, 2014
This might, Brook feared, convince jury members that a translator like Ali would be unnecessary.The Pirate Negotiator
November 14, 2013
Brook finds recurring trends in St. Petersburg, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Dubai.This Week’s Hot Reads: February 25, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker
February 25, 2013
Either way, the underlying reason should be clear: Lieberman will brook no dissent and no distractions from his goal.Avigdor Lieberman's Road To The Top
Brent E. Sasley
December 7, 2012
Paradise Lust by Brook Wilensky-Lanford A charming account of the people who quixotically search for the fabled Garden of Eden.This Week’s Must Reads
September 3, 2011
I doubt me whether the poor old hound will brook the journey.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The banks of the brook at this spot are composed of purple-brown slate (Silurian).Explorations in Australia
Their outburst of melody is like a brook let loose from wintry chains.Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Down the hill they thundered, over the brook and up to the scene of the contest.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"And the glad song of the brook will be always in our ears," said Lilias Fay.The Lily's Quest (From "Twice Told Tales")
- a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river
- (tr; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
- Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre
Word Origin and History for brook
"small stream," Old English broc "flowing stream, torrest," of obscure origin, probably from Proto-Germanic *broka- which yielded words in German (Bruch) and Dutch (broek) that have a sense of "marsh." In Sussex and Kent, it means "water-meadow," and in plural, "low, marshy ground."
"to endure," Old English brucan "use, enjoy, possess; eat; cohabit with," from Proto-Germanic *bruk- "to make use of, enjoy" (cf. Old Saxon brukan, Old Frisian bruka, Old High German bruhhan, German brauchen "to use," Gothic brukjan), from PIE root *bhrug- "to make use of, have enjoyment of" (cf. Latin fructus). Sense of "use" applied to food led to "be able to digest," and by 16c. to "tolerate."