brook

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[ brook ]
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noun
  1. a small, natural stream of fresh water.

Origin of brook

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

Other words from brook

  • brookless, adjective
  • brooklike, adjective

Words that may be confused with brook

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Other definitions for brook (2 of 2)

brook2
[ brook ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.

Origin of brook

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

Other words for brook

Other words from brook

  • brook·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for brook (1 of 3)

brook1

/ (brʊk) /


noun
  1. a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river

Origin of brook

1
Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek

British Dictionary definitions for brook (2 of 3)

brook2

/ (brʊk) /


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

Origin of brook

2
Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy

Derived forms of brook

  • brookable, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Brook (3 of 3)

Brook

/ (brʊk) /


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

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