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.

Definitions of brood
  1. verb
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    “The terrible vision brooded over her all day long”
    synonyms: bulk large, hover, loom
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    types:
    dominate, eclipse, overshadow
    be greater in significance than
    type of:
    hang
    be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive
  2. verb
    think moodily or anxiously about something
    synonyms: dwell
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    type of:
    care, worry
    be concerned with
  3. verb
    be in a huff; be silent or sullen
    synonyms: grizzle, stew
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    type of:
    pout, sulk
    be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  4. verb
    be in a huff and display one's displeasure
    synonyms: pout, sulk
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    types:
    grizzle, stew
    be in a huff; be silent or sullen
  5. noun
    the young of an animal cared for at one time
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    types:
    clutch
    a number of birds hatched at the same time
    type of:
    animal group
    a group of animals
  6. verb
    sit on (eggs)
    “Birds brood
    synonyms: cover, hatch, incubate
    hatch
    emerge from the eggs
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    type of:
    multiply, procreate, reproduce
    have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
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