Brood meaning

bro͝od
Brood means to sit on eggs, protect babies or to worry.

An example of brood is a mom sitting up worrying about her child.

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To think about (something) persistently or moodily.

Brooded that her work might come to nothing.

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All the children in a family.
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To keep thinking about something in a distressed or troubled way; worry.
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The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds hatched at one time and cared for together.
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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.

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The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds hatched at one time and cared for together.
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Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.

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To hover envelopingly; hang.

Mist brooded over the moor.

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Kept for breeding.

A brood hen.

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The offspring, or a family of offspring, of animals; esp., a group of birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for together.
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A group of a particular breed or kind.

The new brood of poets.

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To sit on and hatch (eggs)
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To hover over or protect (offspring, etc.) with or as with wings.
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To ponder in a troubled or morbid way.

To brood revenge.

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To brood eggs or offspring.
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To hover or loom; hang low.
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Kept for breeding.

A brood hen.

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Kept for breeding.

A brood hen.

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The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
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(uncountable) The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
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The eggs and larvae of social insects such as bees, ants and some wasps, especially when gathered together in special brood chambers or combs within the colony.
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The children in one family.
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That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
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To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.

In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.

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(intransitive) To dwell upon moodily and at length.

He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.

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The children in one family.
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(mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
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Origin of brood

  • Middle English from Old English brōd bhreu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English brood, brod, from Old English brōd (“brood; foetus; breeding, hatching”), from Proto-Germanic *brōduz (“heat, breeding”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē- (“breath, mist, vapour, steam”). Cognate with Scots brude, brod (“brood, child, offspring”), Dutch broed (“spawn”), German Brut (“breeding, progeny, incubation, brood”).

    From Wiktionary