V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) a group of offspring (esp. young birds); (v.) 1. to quietly think about something that makes you sad, worried, or angry; 2. (with birds) to sit on eggs so that they'll hatch

Synonyms: (n.) litter, offspring, children; (v.) worry, mope, reflect, ponder, ruminate

Antonyms: (v.) enthuse, decide

Tips: If you want to sound intellectual, use the noun form of brood to describe a nest of fledgling birds or to describe the children of a family. As a verb, use brood to denote quietly thinking about something.

Usage Examples:

My Uncle Mark is the youngest of the Conley brood of 10 children. (offspring) noun

The brood of fledgling birds were all clamoring and chirping to get food from their mother. (offspring, young birds) noun

There is nothing you can do now, so don't waste the night brooding over what happened. (worrying) verb

He has been sitting over there brooding ever since you told that joke about him. (quietly being upset, moping) verb

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