brook

1
[ broo k ]
/ brʊk /

noun

a small, natural stream of fresh water.

Origin of brook

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English brōc stream; cognate with Dutch broek, German Bruch marsh

OTHER WORDS FROM brook

brook·less, adjectivebrook·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH brook

brook creek river stream

Definition for brook (2 of 2)

brook2
[ brook ]
/ brʊk /

verb (used with object)

to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.

Origin of brook

2
before 900; Middle English brouken, Old English brūcan; cognate with Dutch bruiken, German brauchen; akin to Gothic brukjan, Latin fruī to enjoy

OTHER WORDS FROM brook

brook·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brook (1 of 3)

brook1
/ (brʊk) /

noun

a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river

Word Origin for brook

Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek

British Dictionary definitions for brook (2 of 3)

brook2
/ (brʊk) /

verb

(tr; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate

Derived forms of brook

brookable, adjective

Word Origin for brook

Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy

British Dictionary definitions for brook (3 of 3)

Brook
/ (brʊk) /

noun

Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre
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