brood

A brood is a group of young born at the same time — like a brood of chicks — but your parents might use the word for you and your siblings: "We're taking the whole brood to the movies tonight."

Brood is also what a chicken does when she sits on her eggs to hatch them. You can also brood, when you worry and sulk and dwell on something obsessively — maybe as tedious as sitting on eggs, but no chicks when you're done. Things like clouds or silence can also brood, hanging over something ominously, as a storm that broods over the sea, sending fishermen scurrying for safety.

Primary Meanings of brood

1.
v
hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
2.
n
the young of an animal cared for at one time
3.
v
sit on (eggs)
Full Definitions of brood
1

v hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

“The terrible vision brooded over her all day long”
Synonyms:
bulk large, hover, loom
Types:
dominate, eclipse, overshadow
be greater in significance than
Type of:
hang
be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive

v think moodily or anxiously about something

Synonyms:
dwell
Type of:
care, worry
be concerned with

v be in a huff; be silent or sullen

Synonyms:
grizzle, stew
Type of:
pout, sulk
be in a huff and display one's displeasure

v be in a huff and display one's displeasure

Synonyms:
pout, sulk
Types:
grizzle, stew
be in a huff; be silent or sullen
2

n the young of an animal cared for at one time

Types:
clutch
a number of birds hatched at the same time
Type of:
animal group
a group of animals
3

v sit on (eggs)

“Birds brood
Synonyms:
cover, hatch, incubate
hatch
emerge from the eggs
Type of:
multiply, procreate, reproduce
have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

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