verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- brood bitch,
- brood bud,
- brood parasite,
- brood parasitism,
- brood pouch
Origin of brood
Examples from the Web for 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’|Jimmy So|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Curtis Stone|November 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Which is a question that French nationalists continue to brood about.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?|Jacob Heilbrunn|June 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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).
You're a bad father to your own children, as I said already when I hatched our first brood.What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
Do not brood over it until it grows and he reads the trouble in your face.The Green Book|Mr Jkai
In this he was represented as a hen seated upon a pile of eggs, out of which he was hatching a brood of bishops.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66|John Lothrop Motley
Sometimes ducks' eggs are placed under the hen, and she hatches out a brood of young ducks.Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors|James Johonnot
She ruled her brood with the utmost coolness and strictness.The Promised Land|Mary Antin
- 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.)).
"sit on eggs, hatch," mid-15c., from brood (n.). The figurative meaning ("to incubate in the mind") is first recorded 1570s, from notion of "nursing" one's anger, resentment, etc. Related: Brooded; brooding.