Gwendolyn, 1917–2000, U.S. poet and novelist.
Phillips, 1835–93, U.S. Protestant Episcopal bishop and pulpit orator.
Van Wyck [van wahyk] , 1886–1963, U.S. author and critic.
a male given name. Unabridged


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


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

Brooks (brʊks)
1.  Geraldine. born 1955, Australian writer. Her novels include March (2005), which won the Pulitzer prize
2.  Mel, real name Melvyn Kaminsky. born 1926, US comedy writer, actor, and film director. His films include The Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles (1974), High Anxiety (1977), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1996)
3.  (Troyal) Garth. born 1962, US country singer and songwriter; his bestselling records include Ropin' the Wind (1991) and Scarecrow (2001)

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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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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