- Gwendolyn,1917–2000, U.S. poet and novelist.
- Phillips,1835–93, U.S. Protestant Episcopal bishop and pulpit orator.
- Van Wyck [van wahyk] /væn ˈwaɪk/, 1886–1963, U.S. author and critic.
- a male given name.
- 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 brooks
When Robert Haile pulled his own weapon, Brooks continued his stick-up.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back
December 5, 2014
Brooks later joked of Obama, “[The President] said, David, which sort of wine would you like me to turn your water into?”The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
Brooks resigned his seat but was immediately returned by his district in a special election.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
“Raising the ticket price, just because there is a big demand for tickets, was never an option for me,” Brooks said.
When Brooks went into his second song, an old hit called “Rodeo,” the cheers grew so loud it was hard to hear him sing.
"This country ought to be full of brooks and creeks," he said to Pennington.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
What drinks from the brooks and wells, and from the stones on the bank?Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
There were no rushes to make water-wheels of, and no brooks to set them turning in.Wilfrid Cumbermede
It receives some brooks, and abounds in excellent fish, and in alligators.
That day they travelled ten leagues, crossed one river and two brooks.
- Geraldine . born 1955, Australian writer. Her novels include March (2005), which won the Pulitzer prize
- Mel, real name Melvyn Kaminsky . born 1926, US comedy writer, actor, and film director. His films include The Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles (1974), High Anxiety (1977), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1996)
- (Troyal) Garth. born 1962, US country singer and songwriter; his bestselling records include Ropin' the Wind (1991) and Scarecrow (2001)
- 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 brooks
"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."