AskDefine | Define brood

Dictionary Definition

brood n : the young of an animal cared for at one time

Verb

1 think moodily or anxiously about something [syn: dwell]
2 hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; "The terrible vision brooded over her all day long" [syn: hover, loom, bulk large]
3 be in a huff and display one's displeasure; "She is pouting because she didn't get what she wanted" [syn: sulk, pout]
4 be in a huff; be silent or sullen [syn: grizzle, stew]
5 sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs" [syn: hatch, cover, incubate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. What comes out of an egg.
  2. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for by the same mother.
  3. The children in one family.

Translations

what comes out of an egg
the young of certain animals
  • Danish: kuld
  • Finnish: pesue, poikue
the children in one family

Verb

  1. To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
  2. To dwell upon moodily and at length.
  3. to protect
    He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.

Translations

to keep an egg warm
  • Finnish: hautoa
  • French: couver
  • German: brüten
  • Hebrew: לדגור (lidgor)
  • Italian: covare
to dwell upon moodily and at length
  • Finnish: hautoa
  • German: brüten
  • Italian: covare
to protect

Afrikaans

Noun

brood

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. bread
  2. (metonymy) livelihood, especially in expressions like dagelijks brood

Extensive Definition

Brood may refer to:

See also

  • Herman Brood, a Dutch musician, painter and media personality
  • Zerg Brood, an alien race from the Starcraft video game
  • Elliott Brood, a death country band from Toronto
  • Brood, the dragon clan in Breath of Fire III
  • Individual broods of North American periodical cicadas:
    • Brood X, the largest brood, which emerges on a 17-year cycle
    • Brood XIII, a brood centered on Northern Illinois and its surrounding area, which also emerges on a 17-year cycle. They are currently emerging.
    • Brood XIX, a large brood in the Southern United States which emerges on a 13-year cycle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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