What does brood mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brood(verb)

    the young of an animal cared for at one time

  2. brood, dwell(verb)

    think moodily or anxiously about something

  3. brood, hover, loom, bulk large(verb)

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

    "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

  4. sulk, pout, brood(verb)

    be in a huff and display one's displeasure

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

  5. grizzle, brood, stew(verb)

    be in a huff; be silent or sullen

  6. brood, hatch, cover, incubate(verb)

    sit on (eggs)

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


  1. brood(Noun)

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

  2. brood(Noun)

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

  3. brood(Noun)

    The children in one family.

  4. brood(Verb)

    To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.

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

  5. brood(Verb)

    To protect.

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

  6. brood(Verb)

    To dwell upon moodily and at length.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brood(verb)

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

  2. Brood(verb)

    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. Brood(verb)

    that which is bred or produced; breed; species

  4. Brood(verb)

    heavy waste in tin and copper ores

  5. Brood(adj)

    sitting or inclined to sit on eggs

  6. Brood(adj)

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

  7. Brood(verb)

    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. Brood(verb)

    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. Brood(verb)

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

  10. Brood(verb)

    to cherish with care

  11. Brood(verb)

    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.

Anagrams for brood »

  1. dobro, 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. 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" )

  2. Aldous Huxley:

    Classic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF GETTING CLEAN.

  3. George Eliot:

    Comprehensive talkers are apt to be tiresome when we are not athirst for information; but, to be quite fair, we must admit that superior reticence is a good deal due to lack of matter. Speech is often barren, but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and, when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    Never brood over the past, for every saint has had a past and every criminal has a future. Encourage transformation and MickeyMize someone's life." Share this as every demon has the potential to become divine.

  5. 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.

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