- to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.
Origin of brook2
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Examples from the Web for brooked
He bent closer to his companion, and spoke with a fierce intensity that brooked no denial.Within the Law
It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.The Fabric of Civilization
Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.The Aeneid of Virgil
The Texan spoke quietly, yet with an air of finality that brooked no argument.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
"But you must," was the answer in a tone so firm and compelling that it brooked no denial.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
- 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 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."