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[broo k] /brʊk/
verb (used with object)
to bear; suffer; tolerate:
I will brook no interference.
Origin of brook2
before 900; Middle English brouken, Old English brūcan; cognate with Dutch bruiken, German brauchen; akin to Gothic brukjan, Latin fruī to enjoy
Related forms
brookable, adjective
take, stand, endure, abide, stomach. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for brooked
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  • However freely the Doctor's will had been discussed in public, no criticism of it was brooked in the presence of Miss Lady.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • They brooked no opposition at home, and resented all criticism abroad.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • And it placed him, too, beyond the offer of all pecuniary assistance from one from whom he could least have brooked to receive it.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In the past the big cattle and sheep outfits had brooked no interference.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • The Texan spoke quietly, yet with an air of finality that brooked no argument.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • There was no introduction—he was the whole show and brooked no competition.

  • His orders were rigidly obeyed, for he brooked no disobedience on the part of his warriors.

  • He knew her independence of thought and action; it brooked no catering for favors.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • "It is never too late to learn," replied his uncle in a tone that brooked no further parley.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.

British Dictionary definitions for brooked


a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river
Word Origin
Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek


(transitive; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
Derived Forms
brookable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy


Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre
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Word Origin and History for brooked



"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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brooked in the Bible

a torrent. (1.) Applied to small streams, as the Arnon, Jabbok, etc. Isaiah (15:7) speaks of the "book of the willows," probably the Wady-el-Asha. (2.) It is also applied to winter torrents (Job 6:15; Num. 34:5; Josh. 15:4, 47), and to the torrent-bed or wady as well as to the torrent itself (Num. 13:23; 1 Kings 17:3). (3.) In Isa. 19:7 the river Nile is meant, as rendered in the Revised Version.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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