AskDefine | Define brook

Dictionary Definition

brook n : a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river); "the creek dried up every summer" [syn: creek] v : 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" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, abide, suffer, put up]

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  • /brʊk/
  • Rhymes with: -ʊk

Etymology 1

brōc. Cognate with Dutch brock, German ''Bruch.


  1. A body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
a small stream

Etymology 2

brūcan. Cognate with Dutch bruiken, German brauchen; related to Latin frui.


  1. In the context of "transitive|obsolete|except in Scots": To enjoy.
  2. To tolerate (usually used in the negative).
    I will not brook any disobedience.
    I will brook no refusal.



tae brook
  1. To enjoy.

Extensive Definition

A brook is a small stream. The word may also refer to:



Other uses

  • BrookGPU, a framework for GPGPU programming
brook in German: Brook
brook in French: Brook
brook in Japanese: ブルック

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, abide with, accept, adolescent stream, allow, arroyo, be big, be content with, be easy with, bear, bear with, beck, bide, blink at, bourn, braided stream, branch, brave, brooklet, burn, channel, condone, connive at, countenance, creek, crick, disregard, endure, flowing stream, fluviation, fresh, freshet, gill, go, hang in, hang in there, hang tough, have, hear of, ignore, indulge, judge not, kill, lazy stream, lean over backwards, listen to reason, live with, lump, lump it, meandering stream, midchannel, midstream, millstream, moving road, navigable river, not write off, overlook, persevere, put up with, race, racing stream, rill, river, rivulet, run, rundle, runlet, runnel, see both sides, sike, spill stream, stand, stand for, stick, stomach, stream, stream action, streamlet, subterranean river, suffer, support, suspend judgment, sustain, swallow, take, take up with, tolerate, view with indulgence, wadi, watercourse, waterway, wink at
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