- a number of young produced or hatched at one time; a family of offspring or young.
- a breed, species, group, or kind: The museum exhibited a brood of monumental sculptures.
- to sit upon (eggs) to hatch, as a bird; incubate.
- (of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) with the wings or body.
- to think or worry persistently or moodily about; ponder: He brooded the problem.
- to sit upon eggs to be hatched, as a bird.
- to dwell on a subject or to meditate with morbid persistence (usually followed by over or on).
- kept for breeding: a brood hen.
- brood above/over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill the atmosphere or scene: The haunted house on the hill brooded above the village.
Origin of brood
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Examples from the Web for brooded
Bradley was a man who worried deeply and brooded over the lives lost among his commands.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
The more I brooded about these and other Level D options, the more my confidence ebbed.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”
March 15, 2013
Dr. Johnson, left alone for long hours of the day, brooded on his own infirmities.Samuel Johnson Pens an Erotic Love Letter
December 26, 2008
He sank into the chair, and brooded over the embers, and shed tears.A Tale of Two Cities
This afternoon it brooded motionless, an image of forest reflection.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
It was the loveliest evening that brooded round us as we walked.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I have brooded on that subject so long, that every breath of suspicion carries me back to it.Barnaby Rudge
Now it did not slumber, but it brooded, like the mist that had so lately left the sea.A Spirit in Prison
- a number of young animals, esp birds, produced at one hatching
- all the offspring in one family: often used jokingly or contemptuously
- a group of a particular kind; breed
- (as modifier) kept for breedinga brood mare
- (of a bird)
- to sit on or hatch (eggs)
- (tr)to cover (young birds) protectively with the wings
- (when intr , often foll by on, over or upon) to ponder morbidly or persistently
Word Origin and History for brooded
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.)).