1 [brook]
a small, natural stream of fresh water.

before 900; Middle English; Old English brōc stream; cognate with Dutch broek, German Bruch marsh

brookless, adjective
brooklike, adjective Unabridged


2 [brook]
verb (used with object)
to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.

before 900; Middle English brouken, Old English brūcan; cognate with Dutch bruiken, German brauchen; akin to Gothic brukjan, Latin fruī to enjoy

brookable, adjective

take, stand, endure, abide, stomach. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
brook1 (brʊk)
a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river
[Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek]

brook2 (brʊk)
(tr; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
[Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy]

Brook (brʊk)
Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre

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Word Origin & History

"small stream," O.E. broc "flowing stream, torrest," of obscure origin, probably from P.Gmc. *broka- which yielded words in Ger. (Bruch) and Du. (broek) that have a sense of "marsh." In Sussex and Kent, it means "water-meadow," and in plural, "low, marshy ground."

"to endure," O.E. brucan "use, ennjoy, possess; eat; cohabit with," from P.Gmc. *bruk- "to make use of, enjoy" (cf. O.S. brukan, O.Fris. bruka, O.H.G. bruhhan, Ger. brauchen "to use," Goth. brukjan), from PIE base *bhrug- "to make use of, have enjoyment of" (cf. L. fructus). Sense of "use" applied to
food led to "be able to digest," and by 16c. to "tolerate."
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Bible Dictionary

Brook definition

a torrent. (1.) Applied to small streams, as the Arnon, Jabbok, etc. Isaiah (15:7) speaks of the "book of the willows," probably the Wady-el-Asha. (2.) It is also applied to winter torrents (Job 6:15; Num. 34:5; Josh. 15:4, 47), and to the torrent-bed or wady as well as to the torrent itself (Num. 13:23; 1 Kings 17:3). (3.) In Isa. 19:7 the river Nile is meant, as rendered in the Revised Version.

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Example sentences
In such case the light rays stream over that something as water in a swift
  brook streams over a submerged boulder.
East of the cottages, a unique eco-friendly water-filtration system cleans
  brook water for the lodge's use.
None of these facts brook disagreement, but here the unity ends.
Finding traces of pollution in a supposedly pristine mountain brook is sadly no
  longer surprising.
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