What does brook mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brook, creekverb

    a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)

    "the creek dried up every summer"

  2. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put upverb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"


  1. Brooknoun

    for someone living by a brook.

  2. Brooknoun

    transferred from the surname.

  3. Brooknoun

    of modern usage; more often spelled Brooke.

  4. Etymology: From brouken, from brucan, from brūkanan, from bʰrūg-. Cognate with brook, brouk, brûke, bruiken, brauchen, bruke, fruor. Related to fruit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brooknoun

    A running water, less than a river; a rivulet.

    Etymology: broc, or broca, Saxon.

    A substitute shines brightly as a king,
    Until a king be by; and then his state
    Empties itself, as doth an inland brook
    Into the main of waters. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Or many grateful altars I would rear,
    Of grassy turf; and pile up every stone,
    Of lustre, from the brook; in memory,
    Of monument to ages. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi. l. 325.

    And to Cephisus’ brook their way pursue:
    The stream was troubled, but the ford they knew. Dryden.

    Springs make little rivulets; those united, make brooks; and those coming together, make rivers, which empty themselves into the sea. John Locke.

  2. To BROOKverb

    To bear; to endure; to support.

    Etymology: brucan, Sax.

    Even they, which brook it worst, that men should tell them of their duties, when they are told the same by a law, think very well and reasonably of it. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    A thousand more mischances than this one,
    Have learn’d me to brook this patiently. William Shakespeare, T. G. of Ver.

    How use doth breed a habit in a man!
    This shadowy desart, unfrequented woods,
    I better brook than flourishing peopl’d towns. William Shakespeare.

    Heav’n, the seat of bliss,
    Brooks not the works of violence, and war. Par. Lost, b. vi.

    Most men can much rather brook their being reputed knaves, than for their honesty be accounted fools. South.

    Restraint thou wilt not brook; but think it hard,
    Your prudence is not trusted as your guard. Dryden.

  3. To Brookverb

    To endure; to be content.

    He, in these wars, had flatly refused his aid; because he could not brook, that the worthy prince Plangus was, by his chosen Tiridates, preferred before him. Philip Sidney, Arcadia.


  1. brook

    A brook is a small, natural stream of fresh water that is typically found in the countryside. It is usually shallower and narrower than rivers and is often a tributary to larger bodies of water. It can also refer to a minor or lesser known type of something, often used in symbolic or metaphorical context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brookverb

    a natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek

  2. Brookverb

    to use; to enjoy

  3. Brookverb

    to bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint

  4. Brookverb

    to deserve; to earn


  1. Brook

    Brook is a village and civil parish in the Ashford borough of Kent, England, situated about five miles east of Ashford. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 307. The 12th century parish church is dedicated to St Mary. There is also a Baptist chapel. The church of St. Mary, erected about 1075, is of stone, in the Early Norman style, and has a tower containing 3 bells: the tower was struck by lightning in 1896, and the northwest corner destroyed, but was restored in 1899: there are 160 sittings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brook

    brōōk, n. a small stream.—ns. Brook′let, a little brook; Brook′lime, a species of speedwell found in ditches. [A.S. bróc, water breaking forth; Dut. broek, Ger. bruch.]

  2. Brook

    brōōk, v.t. to enjoy: to bear or endure. [A.S. búrcan, to use, enjoy; Ger. brauchen, L. frui, fructus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brook

    Streams of fresh or salt water, less than a rivulet, creeping through narrow and shallow passages. The clouds brook-up, when they draw together and threaten rain.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BROOK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brook is ranked #7240 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brook surname appeared 4,607 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Brook.

    82.9% or 3,820 total occurrences were White.
    11.4% or 529 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 113 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 74 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 36 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brook in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brook in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of brook in a Sentence

  1. District Superintendent:

    Recognizing the call for new leadership at Shallow Brook Intermediate, the Board and the Administration believe that the interests of the School District and the community are best served by approving the Separation Agreement, this will allow all parties to move forward without further disruption.

  2. Magha:

    Weak men gain their object when allied with strong associates: the brook reaches the ocean by the river?s aid.

  3. Kahlil Gibran:

    Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    What does education often do It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

  5. Allen Ginsberg:

    No monster vibration, no snake universe hallucinations. Many tiny jeweled violet flowers along the path of a living brook that looked like Blake's illustration for a canal in grassy Eden: huge Pacific watery shore, Orlovsky dancing naked like Shiva long-haired before giant green waves, titanic cliffs that Wordsworth mentioned in his own Sublime, great yellow sun veiled with mist hanging over the planet's oceanic horizon. No harm.

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