Meaning of brook


A brook is a small stream. On a hot day, you might enjoy wading in a babbling brook. As a verb, brook is a rather stuffy word for “put up with.” The lord of the manor might say, “I will brook no trespassing on my land.”

Brook is tailor-made for talking about what you won’t stand for — it’s always “brook no…” If you brook no criticism of your friend, it means you won’t let people speak ill of her. If you brook no brooks, it means you’ve developed a bizarre hatred of streams and will spend the rest of your days trying to avoid them.

Definitions of brook
  1. noun

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



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    Bull Run

    a creek in northeastern Virginia where two battles were fought in the American Civil War

    a creek emptying into the Hellespont in present-day Turkey; at its mouth in 405 BC the Spartan fleet under Lysander defeated the Athenians and ended the Peloponnesian War


    a small brook
    type of:

    stream, watercourse

    a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth

  2. verb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant


    abide, bear, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate


    experience (emotional) pain
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    accept, live with, swallow

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for

    tolerate or bear
    bear up

    endure cheerfully
    take lying down

    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke

    listen to a joke at one’s own expense
    sit out

    endure to the end

    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one’s lumps, take one’s lumps

    suffer the results or consequences of one’s behavior or actions
    type of:

    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

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