brook

1
[broo k]

noun

a small, natural stream of fresh water.

Nearby words

  1. brooder,
  2. brooding,
  3. broodingly,
  4. broodmare,
  5. broody,
  6. brook farm,
  7. brook park,
  8. brook trout,
  9. brooke,
  10. brooke, rupert

Origin of brook

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

Related formsbrook·less, adjectivebrook·like, adjective

Can be confusedbrook creek river stream

brook

2
[brook]

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 formsbrook·a·ble, adjective

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brook

1

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

verb

(tr; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
Derived Formsbrookable, adjective

Word Origin for brook

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

Brook

noun

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