American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. See creek. See Regional Note at run.
- v. To put up with; tolerate: We will brook no further argument.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A natural stream of water, too small to be called a river.
- To draw together and threaten rain: said of the clouds: with up.
- To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
- . To earn; deserve.
- To bear; endure; support; put up with: always in a negative sense.
- v. transitive, obsolete, except in Scots To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
- v. transitive, obsolete To earn; deserve.
- v. transitive To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object).
- n. a body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
- n. Sussex a water meadow.
- n. Sussex, in the plural low, marshy ground.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek.
- v. obsolete To use; to enjoy.
- v. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate.
- v. obsolete To deserve; to earn.
- v. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
- n. a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
- From Middle English, from Old English brōc ("brook, stream, torrent"), from Proto-Germanic *brōkaz (“stream”), from Proto-Indo-European *mrāǵ- (“silt, slime”). Cognate with Dutch broek ("marsh, swamp"), German Bruch ("marsh"), Ancient Greek βράγος (brágos, "shallows") and Albanian bërrak ("swampy soil"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English brōc.Middle English brouken, from Old English brūcan, to use, enjoy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Off on pressing business," cried the sanguine youth, as he dashed through the kitchen, frightening Alice, and throwing Toozle into convulsions of delight, -- "horribly important business, that 'won't brook delay;' but what _brook_ means is more than I can guess.”
“Off on pressing business," cried the sanguine youth, as he dashed through the kitchen, frightening Alice, and throwing Toozle into convulsions of delight -- "horribly important business that ` won't brook delay; 'but what _brook_ means is more than I can guess.”
“They must go straight over it, till they come to cleared land on the other side; then they must keep along by the edge of the wood, to the right, till they come to the brook; they must _cross the brook_, and follow up the opposite bank, and they'll know the ground when they come to it; or they don't deserve to.”
“The sound of the mountain brook gives an illusion of rain drops,”
“This rain, falling on land five, ten, a hundred, a thousand, or ten thousand feet above the sea level, begins to run back to the sea, picking out the easiest road and cutting a channel that we call a brook, a stream, or a river.”
“Here, Sam – just bend on this hook for me, while I see how the brook is further up.”
“No one cares for me, though I think the brook is sometimes sorry, and tries to tell me things.”
“As the dried-up brook is to the caravan, so are ye to me, namely, a nothing; ye might as well not be in existence [Umbreit].”
“The word brook was probably lost in the first generation.”
“He is the only Indian in the country, who ever dared to chastise a white man, in his own camp; and had not the partisans of the hunter interfered, his soul at that time would have taken its flight to eternity; for the high spirited trapper could not brook from the haughty”
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