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noun Brick
  1. A block or clay tempered with water, sand, etc., molded into a regular form, usually rectangular, and sun-dried, or burnt in a kiln, or in a heap or stack called a clamp."The Assyrians appear to have made much less use of bricks baked in the furnace than the Babylonians." [Layard.]
  2. Bricks, collectively, as designating that kind of material; as, a load of brick; a thousand of brick ."Some of Palladio's finest examples are of brick." [Weale.]
  3. Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brickof bread.
  4. A good fellow; a merry person; as, you 're a brick .(Slang)"He 's a dear little brick." [Thackeray.]

Note: Brick is used adjectively or in combination; as, brick wall; brick clay; brick color; brick red.

Etymology: OE. brik, F. brique; of Ger. origin; cf. AS. brice a breaking, fragment, Prov. E. brique piece, brique de pain, equiv. to AS. hlāfes brice, fr. the root of E. break. See Break

verb Brick
  1. To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.
  2. To imitate or counterfeit a brick wall on, as by smearing plaster with red ocher, making the joints with an edge tool, and pointing them.
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  1. Rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
  2. A good fellow; helpful and trustworthy

From Middle French briche, brique (“brick”), probably from a Germanic source. Compare to Middle Dutch bricke (“broken piece; tile”), Middle English brike. Cognate with the verb break.

  1. (countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building.
    This wall is made of .
  2. (uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material.
    This house is made of .
  3. (countable) Something shaped like a brick.
    a plastic explosive
  4. (dated) A helpful and reliable person.
    Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a .
  5. (basketball, slang) A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object.
    We can't win if we keep throwing up from three-point land.
  6. (informal) A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug.
  7. (technology, slang) An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.
  8. (firearms) A carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.
  9. (poker slang) A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand.
    The two of clubs was a complete on the river

brick was also found in the following language(s): French, Manx, and Scots

Notable Persons Named Brick

Brick is a comics character.


Brick was born on May 16th, 1966 in Gadsden, Alabama.


Brick was born in 1964 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States. Brick is also known as Brick Bronski, Jeff Bronsky, Jeff Beitzner, and Jeffrey Belzner.


Brick Fleagle was a musician. Brick was given the name Jacob Roger Fleagle on August 22nd, 1906. Brick is also known as Roger Jacob Fleagle. He passed away on April 15th, 1992.


Brick Owens was an umpire (baseball) and umpire. He was most active from 1908 to 1908. Brick was born on March 31st, 1885 in Milwaukee. He died on November 11th, 1949.


Brick was born on January 4th, 1904 in Osceola, Missouri. Brick is also known as Breeden and John. He left this life on August 13th, 1977.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Brick

Brick is a comics character.


Scott Brick is an actor, writer, narration, and narrator. Scott was born on January 30th, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California.


Samantha Brick is a journalist. Samantha was born in 1971 in Birmingham, UK.


The Baroness Goudie is a Member of the House of Lords. The was given the name Mary Teresa Brick on September 2nd, 1946.


Max was born on July 5th, 1992 in Southampton.


Abraham was born on May 27th, 1860. He passed away on April 7th, 1908.


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Popularity of Brick as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brick U.S.
  White 93.63% 64.26%
  African American 0.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.93% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.15% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.84% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brick

People with the last name Brick are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brick

  • How Popular is the name Brick? Brick is the 18,981st most popular name of all time. As a last name Brick was the 9,969th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brick have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 385 babies born with the first name Brick in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brick to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brick? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1951 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Brick first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brick is Wednesday, January 3rd, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Brick born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brick was in 2011 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Brick: Your name in reverse order is Kcirb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Brkci. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brick? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,235 people with the last name Brick.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brick? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Brick as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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