What does brood mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broodverb

    the young of an animal cared for at one time

  2. brood, dwellverb

    think moodily or anxiously about something

  3. brood, hover, loom, bulk largeverb

    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

    "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

  4. sulk, pout, broodverb

    be in a huff and display one's displeasure

    "She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted"

  5. grizzle, brood, stewverb

    be in a huff; be silent or sullen

  6. brood, hatch, cover, incubateverb

    sit on (eggs)

    "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"


  1. broodnoun

    The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.

  2. broodnoun

    The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.

  3. broodnoun

    The children in one family.

  4. broodverb

    To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.

    In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.

  5. broodverb

    To protect.

    Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.

  6. broodverb

    To dwell upon moodily and at length.

    He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Broodnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The heavenly father keep his brood
    From foul infection of so great a vice. Edward Fairfax, b. i.

    With terrours, and with clamours compass’d round,
    Of mine own brood, that on my bowels feed. Par. L. b. ii.

    Or any other of that heav’nly brood,
    Let down in cloudy throne to do the world some good. John Milton.

    Ælian discourses of storks, and their affection toward their brood, whom they instruct to fly. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Have you forgotten Libya’s burning wastes,
    Its barren rocks, parch’d earth, and hills of sand,
    Its tainted air, and all its broods of poison? Joseph Addison, Cato.

    I was wonderfully pleased to see the different workings of instinct in a hen followed by a brood of ducks. Spect. №. 121.

    Such things become the hatch and brood of time. William Shakespeare.

    Something’s in his soul,
    O’er which his melancholy sits on brood;
    And I doubt the hatch and the disclose
    Will be some danger. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  2. To Broodverb

    To cherish by care; to hatch.

    Of crouds afraid, yet anxious when alone,
    You’ll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne. Dryden.

  3. To BROODverb

    Etymology: brædan, Saxon.

    Thou from the first
    Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,
    Dove-like sat’st brooding on the vast abyss,
    And mad’st it pregnant. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. i. l. 21.

    Here nature spreads her fruitful sweetness round,
    Breathes on the air, and broods upon the ground. Dryden.

    Exalted hence, and drunk with secret joy,
    Their young succession all their cares employ;
    They breed, they brood, instruct and educate,
    And make provision for the future state. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Find out some uncouth cell,
    Where brooding darkness spreads his jealous wings,
    And the night raven sings. John Milton.

    Defraud their clients, and, to lucre sold,
    Sit brooding on unprofitable gold,
    Who dare not give. John Dryden, Æneid.

    As rejoicing misers
    Brood o’er their precious stores of secret gold. Edmund Smith, Phædr.

    It was the opinion of Clinias, as if there were ever amongst nations a brooding of a war, and that there is no sure league but impuissance to do hurt. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.


  1. brood

    Brood refers to a group of young offspring or family collectively, typically in reference to birds or other animals. It can also be used as a verb which means to think deeply or worry about something for a long period of time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broodverb

    the young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens

  2. Broodverb

    the young from the same dam, whether produced at the same time or not; young children of the same mother, especially if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman with a brood of children

  3. Broodverb

    that which is bred or produced; breed; species

  4. Broodverb

    heavy waste in tin and copper ores

  5. Broodadjective

    sitting or inclined to sit on eggs

  6. Broodadjective

    kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow

  7. Broodverb

    to sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding

  8. Broodverb

    to have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes

  9. Broodverb

    to sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens

  10. Broodverb

    to cherish with care

  11. Broodverb

    to think anxiously or moodily upon


  1. Brood

    The Brood are a race of insectoid, parasitic, extraterrestrial beings that appear in the comic books published by Marvel Comics, especially Uncanny X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum, they first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #155. The Brood possess wings, fanged teeth and a stinging tail. They have a hive mentality and mindlessly follow a queen. To reproduce, they must infect other races with their eggs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brood

    brōōd, v.t. to sit upon or cover in order to breed or hatch: to hatch: to cover, as with wings: to mature or foster with care: to meditate moodily upon.—v.i. to sit as a hen on eggs: to hover over: to think anxiously for some time: to meditate silently (with on, over): to be bred.—n. something bred: offspring, children, or family: a race, kind: parentage: the number hatched at once.—adj. for breeding, as in brood-mare, &c.—adv. Brood′ingly.—adj. Brood′y, inclined to sit or incubate. [A.S. bród; Dut. broed; what is hatched.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brood

    Oysters of about two years old, which are dredged up at sea, for placing on the oyster-beds.


  1. Brood

    all the specimens that hatch at about one time, from eggs laid by one series of parents and which normally mature at about the same time.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BROOD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brood is ranked #116829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brood surname appeared 149 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Brood.

    92.6% or 138 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. dobro

  2. Dobro

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brood in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of brood in a Sentence

  1. Sergey Lavrov:

    They behave like pillagers and marauders. And, you know, there is a lot of information about the future provocations that brood in Mariupol and other territories where the Ukrainians are now trying to use the civilians as a human shield, talk to the Indians, the Arabs, and the Africans that are trying to flee Ukraine now. They are not allowed.

  2. Curry Rogers:

    Precocial young can avoid predation on their own, and there is a much smaller chance of the entire brood succumbing to predation at once.

  3. Isaac Asimov:

    If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.

  4. Washington Irving:

    The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal -- every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open -- this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    Remembering our past can be a healthy exercise. We should yet beware of manipulations of our memory. By sticking to things that torment us, we can be tempted to brood over what should have, could have or would have been done.(no shoulda,coulda,woulda). When we walk down the memory lane, we learn from the past and pick for the present the fundamentals, which can be brought into play for the future. ("Walking down the memory lane" )

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