A brook is a small stream. On a hot day, you might enjoy wading in a babbling brook. As a verb, brook is a rather stuffy word for "put up with." The lord of the manor might say, "I will brook no trespassing on my land."

Brook is tailor-made for talking about what you won't stand for — it's always "brook no..." If you brook no criticism of your friend, it means you won't let people speak ill of her. If you brook no brooks, it means you've developed a bizarre hatred of streams and will spend the rest of your days trying to avoid them.

Primary Meanings of brook

a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Full Definitions of brook

n a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)

Bull Run
a creek in northeastern Virginia where two battles were fought in the American Civil War
a creek emptying into the Hellespont in present-day Turkey; at its mouth in 405 BC the Spartan fleet under Lysander defeated the Athenians and ended the Peloponnesian War
a small brook
Type of:
stream, watercourse
a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth

v put up with something or somebody unpleasant

abide, bear, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
experience (emotional) pain
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accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
hold still for, stand for
tolerate or bear
bear up
endure cheerfully
take lying down
suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
take a joke
listen to a joke at one's own expense
sit out
endure to the end
bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
get one's lumps, take one's lumps
suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

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