SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a device or structure for the rearing of young chickens or other birds. a person or animal that broods. Origin of brooder
First recorded in
-er 1 noun 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. verb (used with object) 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. verb (used without object) 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). adjective kept for breeding: a brood hen. Verb Phrases 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 before 1000; Middle English; Old English brōd;
Dutch broed, German Brut.
breed Related forms brood·less, adjective un·brood·ed, adjective Synonym study 1. Brood, litter refer to young creatures. Brood is especially applied to the young of fowls and birds hatched from eggs at one time and raised under their mother's care: a brood of young turkeys. Litter is applied to a group of young animals brought forth at a birth: a litter of kittens or pups.
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Examples from the Web for brooder Historical Examples of brooder
But woman as a human incubator and
brooder is an 170 obsolete machine.
We are all alike and yet all different; each of us is a wanderer, a
brooder, a seeker.
"I opine we've got a
brooder with us in the carriage behind," said Badger, in a low tone.
I can get a first-rate one for forty dollars, and I can buy one '
For convenience this house will be spoken of as
brooder house No. 1. British Dictionary definitions for brooder noun an enclosure or other structure, usually heated, used for rearing young chickens or other fowl a person or thing that broods noun 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 breeding a brood mare verb (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 Derived Forms brooding, noun, adjective broodingly, adverb Word Origin for brood
brōd; related to Middle High German bruot, Dutch broed; see breed
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Word Origin and History for brooder n.
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.)). 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.
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