Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the act of brooding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In or as if in the act of brooding.

Etymologies

From Middle English abrod, equivalent to a- +‎ brood. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And the contree is sett along upon the ryvere of Nyle; be als moche as that ryvere may serve be flodes or otherwise, that whanne it flowethe, it may spreden abrood thorghe the contree: so is the contree large of lengthe.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • _ When a hen is sitting on her eggs she is said to be _abrood_.

    The Dialect of the West of England; Particularly Somersetshire

  • GOOD JOB libs, putting the trust of the nation, the world's mightiest military in the hands of someone that goes out of his way to condemn firearm rights for honest citizens, refuses to recognize our flag, refuses to visit wounded troops abrood unless the press can photograph him … yeah, great selection, if you want to see our country slip further from a world power into a 3rd world nation.

    CNN Political Ticker

  • a song a sylble; a byword, a sentence with surcease; while stands his canyouseehim frails shall fall; was hatched at Cellbridge but ejoculated abrood; as it gan in the biguinnengs so wound up in

    Finnegans Wake

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