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

Related forms

brook·less, adjectivebrook·like, adjective

Can be confused

brook creek river stream

Definition for brook (2 of 2)

brook

2
[ 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

Related forms

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

brook

1
/ (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)

brook

2
/ (brʊk) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

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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