A wall made from bricks.
An example of a brick is the primary building material of 10 Downing Street in London.
- a substance made from clay molded into oblong blocks and fired in a kiln or baked in the sun, used in building, paving, etc.
- one of these blocks, of any of various standard sizes
- bricks collectively
- anything shaped like a brick
- Informal a fine person
Origin of brickMiddle English brike from Middle Dutch from breken, break (in sense “piece of baked clay”) and Middle French brique from OFr, of same origin, originally
- built or paved with brick
- like brick: brick red
hit the bricks
Origin of Brickorigin, originally a place where bricks were made
- a. A molded rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln until hard and used as a building and paving material.b. Such blocks of clay used as a building material: a house made of brick.c. An object shaped like such a block: a brick of cheese.d. Informal A smartphone, tablet, or similar electronic device that connects to the internet that has become inoperable.
- A dark brownish red.
- Informal A helpful, reliable person.
- Basketball A shot that falls short of the basket.
verbbricked, brick·ing, bricks
- To construct, line, or pave with bricks.
- To close or wall with brick: bricked up the windows of the old house.
- To cause to become inoperable. Used especially of electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, that connect to the internet. I bricked my smartphone when I tried to untether it.
Origin of brickMiddle English brike from Middle Dutch bricke
(countable and uncountable, plural bricks)
- (countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building.
- This wall is made of bricks.
- (uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material.
- This house is made of brick.
- (countable) Something shaped like a brick.
- a plastic explosive brick
- (dated) A helpful and reliable person.
- Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a brick.
- (basketball, slang) A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object.
- We can't win if we keep throwing up bricks from three-point land.
- (informal) A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug.
- (firearms) a carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.
- (poker slang) A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand.
- The two of clubs was a complete brick on the river
- Made of brick(s).
- All that was left after the fire was the brick chimney.
(third-person singular simple present bricks, present participle bricking, simple past and past participle bricked)
- (technology, slang: revert a device to the operational state): unbrick