verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of brood
Synonyms for brood
Related Words for broodoffspring, daydream, grieve, meditate, sulk, mope, ruminate, fret, progeny, family, clutch, breed, young, litter, seed, hatch, posterity, flock, issue, descendants
Examples from the Web for brood
Contemporary Examples of brood
The key is how much we can brood, and what is meant by brooding—is it to daydream, or is it to agonize over every detail?‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
An uncle and his family resided in another house and his aunt and her brood in a third.A Young Chef Travels to Calabria, Italy, and Learns the Old Ways of Cooking
November 28, 2013
Which is a question that French nationalists continue to brood about.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?
June 9, 2013
The Atlantic explains one rough part of being a 17-year brood: developers often turn forests into cities in far less time.
This year's Brood II cicadas are currently appearing on the East Coast (although not quite with the drama we initially expected).
Historical Examples of brood
Women were like she wolves for greed when they had a brood of whelps.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
She fussed around like any other old hen who had in charge a brood of ducks.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
It is well to be prepared for it, but it is ill to brood over a fancied future of evil.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
And were you not, for your audacity, left to brood ten days and nights in gaol?The Book of Khalid
Verville has sworn that there shall be one less of the Italian brood.The Suitors of Yvonne
- to sit on or hatch (eggs)
- (tr)to cover (young birds) protectively with the wings
Word Origin for brood
Old English brod "brood, fetus, hatchling," from Proto-Germanic *brod (cf. Middle Dutch broet, Old High German bruot, German Brut "brood"), literally "that which is hatched by heat," from *bro- "to warm, heat," from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat, incubate," from root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).