brood·​er ˈbrü-dər How to pronounce brooder (audio)
: one that broods
: a heated structure used for raising young fowl

Examples of brooder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original beautiful brooder, Dean tragically (and famously) died in a car crash four weeks before the premiere, cementing his legacy forever. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 15 Sep. 2023 Kind-eyed and ambitious, young Samnang is a hip-hop dancer in a performing trio with his best pals and building mates Ah Kha (Chinnaro Soem), a handsome brooder, and easygoing Tol (Sovann Tho). Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 So who was the brooder and who was spontaneous? Adam B. Vary, Variety, 16 Aug. 2022 Pelayo is a champion brooder, but is let down by a script short on nuance and depth. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 The dark brooder starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz now has a total of £26.5 million. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 Kristen Radtke is a brooder; few would call her a blithe spirit. Heller McAlpin, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 Most of the tracks were released as singles before the big day, but there are four new tunes, including the down-low smoke-sesh brooder above. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 12 Mar. 2021 Palmer was golf’s first man of the people — Arnie’s Army — while Hogan had been known as a brooder who kept to himself. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brooder was in 1599

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“Brooder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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brood·​er ˈbrüd-ər How to pronounce brooder (audio)
: a person or animal that broods
: a heated structure for raising young poultry

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