Dictionary.com

brook

1
[ brook ]
/ brʊk /
Save This Word!

noun
a small, natural stream of fresh water.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of brook

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

OTHER WORDS FROM brook

brookless, adjectivebrooklike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH brook

brook , creek, river, stream

Other definitions 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use brook in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK