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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
Historical Examples
  • He bent closer to his companion, and spoke with a fierce intensity that brooked no denial.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.

  • Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.

  • 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
  • They brooked no opposition at home, and resented all criticism abroad.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • In the past the big cattle and sheep outfits had brooked no interference.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • There was no introduction—he was the whole show and brooked no competition.

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

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • There was a commanding tone in her shrill voice that brooked no delay.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
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."

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