[ brik ]
/ brɪk /


verb (used with object)

to pave, line, wall, fill, or build with brick.
Informal. to cause (an electronic device) to become completely nonfunctional: I bricked my phone while doing the upgrade.


made of, constructed with, or resembling bricks.


Origin of brick

1400–50; late Middle English brike < Middle Dutch bricke; akin to break

Related forms

brick·like, brick·ish, adjectiveun·bricked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bricker

  • The noise was not repeated a third time, but Captain Bricker had heard enough to make him believe that someone remained below.

    Signal in the Dark|Mildred A. Wirt
  • Captain Bricker asked Salt for the picture which he intended to take to police headquarters.

    Signal in the Dark|Mildred A. Wirt
  • Captain Bricker, in charge of the squad, strode to the Snark and called loudly: “Ahoy, there!”

    Signal in the Dark|Mildred A. Wirt
  • Captain Bricker cut the young man free, and pulled the gag from his mouth.

    Signal in the Dark|Mildred A. Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for bricker


/ (brɪk) /


verb (tr)

(usually foll by in, up or over) to construct, line, pave, fill, or wall up with bricksto brick up a window; brick over a patio
slang to attack (a person) with a brick or bricks

Word Origin for brick

C15: from Old French brique, from Middle Dutch bricke; related to Middle Low German brike, Old English brecan to break
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with bricker


In addition to the idioms beginning with brick

  • bricks and mortar
  • bricks shy of a load

also see:

  • drop a brick
  • hit the bricks
  • like a cat on a hot brick
  • like a ton of bricks
  • make bricks without straw
  • run into a stone (brick) wall
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