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brood

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noun \ˈbrüd\

Simple Definition of brood

  • : a group of young birds (such as chickens) that were all born at the same time

  • : the children in someone's family

Full Definition of brood

  1. 1 :  the young of an animal or a family of young; especially :  the young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for at one time

  2. 2 :  a group having a common nature or origin

  3. 3 :  the children of a family

Examples of brood

  1. a hen and her brood of chicks

  2. Mrs. Smith took her brood to church every Sunday.



Origin of brood

Middle English, from Old English brōd; akin to Middle High German bruot brood and perhaps to Old English beorma yeast — more at barm


First Known Use: before 12th century


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brood

adjective

Definition of brood

  1. :  kept for breeding <a brood flock>



15th Century

First Known Use of brood

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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brood

verb

Simple Definition of brood

  • : to think a lot about something in an unhappy way

Full Definition of brood

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to sit on or incubate (eggs) b :  to produce by or as if by incubation :  hatch

  3. 2 of a bird :  to cover (young) with the wings

  4. 3 :  to think anxiously or gloomily about :  ponder

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a of a bird :  to brood eggs or young b :  to sit quietly and thoughtfully :  meditate

  7. 2 :  hover, loom

  8. 3 a :  to dwell gloomily on a subject b :  to be in a state of depression

brood·ing·ly play \ˈbrü-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of brood

  1. He brooded over his mistake.

  2. After the argument, she sat in her bedroom, brooding.



15th Century

First Known Use of brood

15th century



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