Origin of brookMiddle English brok from Old English broc; akin to Old High German bruoh, moor, swamp from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
A brook in the woods.
An example of a brook is a small flow of water along a wooded path.
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”).
- On this matter Philip would brook no opposition.
- The streams are well stocked with rainbow and brook trout.
- After that other people brought water from a brook and sprinkled the earth.
- When a solemn embassy of rebuke was sent to Zurich from a diet held at Lucerne, on the 26th of January 1524, the city replied that in matters relating to the Word of God and the salvation of souls she would brook no interference.
- Nantygof, the blacksmith's brook; Trefecca, the house of Rebecca; Llwyn Madoc, Madoc's grove; Pantsaeson, the Saxons' glen, &c. An historical origin is frequently commemorated, notably in the many foundations of the Celtic missionaries of the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries, wherein the word llan (church) precedes a proper name; thus every Llanddewi recalls the early labours of Dewi Sant (St David); every Llandeilo, those of St Teilo; and such names as Llandudno, Llanafan, Llanbadarn and the like commemorate SS.