A brook in the woods.
- The definition of a brook is a small stream.
An example of a brook is a small flow of water along a wooded path.
Origin of brookMiddle English brok ; from Old English broc; akin to Old High German bruoh, moor, swamp ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of brookMiddle English brouken, to use, enjoy ; from Old English brucan; akin to German brauchen: for Indo-European base see fruit
transitive verbbrooked, brook·ing, brooks
Origin of brookMiddle English brouken, from Old English brūcan, to use, enjoy.
(third-person singular simple present brooks, present participle brooking, simple past and past participle brooked)
From Middle English brouken (“to use, enjoy”), from Old English brūcan (“to enjoy, brook, use, possess, partake of, spend”), from Proto-Germanic *brūkaną (“to enjoy, use”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrūg- (“to enjoy”). Cognate with Scots brook, brouk (“to use, enjoy”), West Frisian brûke (“to use”), Dutch bruiken (“to use”), German brauchen (“to need, require, use”), Latin fruor (“enjoy”). Related to fruit.
From Middle English, from Old English brōc (“brook, stream, torrent”), from Proto-Germanic *brōkaz (“stream”), from Proto-Indo-European *mrāǵ- (“silt, slime”). Cognate with Dutch broek (“marsh, swamp”), German Bruch (“marsh”), Ancient Greek βράγος (brágos, “shallows”) and Albanian bërrak (“swampy soil”).