- The definition of brood is the offspring or children in a family.
An example of brood is baby chicks all mothered by the same hen.
- Brood means to sit on eggs, protect babies or to worry.
An example of brood is a mom sitting up worrying about her child.
A mother hen and her brood of baby chicks.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the offspring, or a family of offspring, of animals; esp., a group of birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for together
- all the children in a family
- a group of a particular breed or kind: the new brood of poets
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old English brod, akin to German brut, a hatching: for Indo-European base see breath
- to sit on and hatch (eggs)
- to hover over or protect (offspring, etc.) with or as with wings
- to ponder in a troubled or morbid way: to brood revenge
- to brood eggs or offspring
- to keep thinking about something in a distressed or troubled way; worry: often with on, over, or about
- to hover or loom; hang low
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- The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for by the same mother. See Synonyms at flock1.
- The children in one family.
- To sit on or hatch (eggs).
- To protect (young) by or as if by covering with the wings.
- To sit on or hatch eggs.
- To hover envelopingly; loom.
- a. To be deep in thought; meditate.b. To focus the attention on a subject persistently and moodily; worry: brooded over the insult for several days.c. To be depressed.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English brōd; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
- broodˈing·ly adverb
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