brook

noun
\ ˈbru̇k \

Definition of brook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: creek sense 1 a babbling brook

brook

verb
brooked; brooking; brooks

Definition of brook (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to stand for : tolerate he would brook no interference with his plans

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for brook

Synonyms: Noun

beck [British], bourn (or bourne), brooklet, burn [British], creek, gill [British], rill, rivulet, run [chiefly Midland], runlet, runnel, streamlet

Synonyms: Verb

abide, absorb, accept, bear, bide [chiefly dialect], countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of brook in a Sentence

Noun

there are tiny fish and frogs in that brook

Verb

I will not brook insults from my own employees.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are meadows, stone walls and a brook that runs through the land, according to listing agents Gerret C. Conover and Thomas E. LeClair of LandVest, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "On the Market: Katharine Graham’s Summer Estate for $39.5 Million," 1 Aug. 2018 Amid this picture-postcard setting—windswept rock cliffs, babbling brook—with the sound of the waves gently lapping against the shore in the background, finding a place of mental stillness is a lot less challenging. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Can the New Hermès Apple Watch Actually Help You Unplug?," 19 Nov. 2018 Better yet, spend the night at a local inn, which is likely snuggled up to a babbling brook or farmstead. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Hitting your local pool, finding a babbling brook, or even looking at a photo of water can be calming. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Being Near Water Can Improve Your Mental Health," 31 Aug. 2018 The trail follows the north side of the brook and then goes deep into the Salmon River State Forest before hooking up with the old mill road near the falls. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hikers, Are You Up To The Challenge Of These 14 Trails?," 15 May 2018 The project might also entail building a boardwalk in the vicinity of the brook to connect the new ecological features with the park’s recreational uses, according to Lela Shepherd, Arlington’s environmental planner/conservation agent. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington receives state grant to ease chronic flooding," 28 June 2018 Noisli can simulate the sound of a café or a babbling brook. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Open Office Is Too Loud—Here’s How to Escape and Work Anywhere," 3 June 2018 For added concentration, try one of Spotify’s white-noise playlists, or apps like Coffitivity or Noisli, which simulate among other things bustling coffee shops and babbling brooks. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Open Office Is Too Loud—Here’s How to Escape and Work Anywhere," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pick from six sounds: rain, brook, ocean, thunder, white noise, or summer night. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "I Can’t Sleep Without My Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine," 11 Jan. 2019 The friendly staff is likely to tell you what the trout (rainbow, brook, and brown) are biting. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 2018 Warm Lake is a unique fishery, home to rainbow trout, Kokanee and all three Idaho char species — brook, bull and Mackinaw trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 As a political figure, advocate and spiritual shepherd, Hughes operated as an unapologetic authoritarian, brooking little dissent. Terry Golway, WSJ, "‘Dagger John’ Review: Calling Bigotry By Its Name," 8 July 2018 But Holmes was no slouch: a facile mythmaker who brooked no dissent and presided over the workplace from hell. Stephen Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’," 22 June 2018 Every item — brocade sofas, velvet upholstered chairs, metal hinges, parquet de Versailles floors — is period perfect; Smith will brook no interruption of his rococo illusion. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "In the Heart of Louisiana, One Man’s Impossibly Ornate Home," 8 May 2018 Meanwhile, some of the hardest-line, brook-no-compromise members of the Republican Party discovered a new fondness for foreign-policy realism—at least when it is practised by a president their voters back home adore. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 Flyfishing: The pristine Upper San Joaquin River is a pretty trout stream where flyfishers can catch and release the grand slam of trout fishing: golden, rainbow, brook and brown trout on the same day. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brook.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of brook

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brook

Noun

Middle English, from Old English brōc; akin to Old High German bruoh marshy ground

Verb

Middle English brouken to use, enjoy, from Old English brūcan; akin to Old High German brūhhan to use, Latin frui to enjoy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brook

Statistics for brook

Last Updated

17 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brook

The first known use of brook was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for brook

brook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small stream

brook

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brook (Entry 2 of 2)

: to allow (something) to exist or happen

brook

noun
\ ˈbru̇k \

Kids Definition of brook

: a small stream

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on brook

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with brook

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for brook

Spanish Central: Translation of brook

Nglish: Translation of brook for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of brook for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about brook

Comments on brook

What made you want to look up brook? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!