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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brood
  1. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens."As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings." [Luke xiii. 34.]"A hen followed by a brood of ducks." [Spectator.]
  2. The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same time or not; young children of the same mother, especially if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman with a brood of children."The lion roars and gluts his tawny brood." [Wordsworth.]
  3. That which is bred or produced; breed; species."Flocks of the airy brood,Cranes, geese or long-necked swans)." [Chapman.]
  4. [Mining] Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.

Etymology: OE. brod, AS. brōd; akin to D. broed, OHG. bruot, G. brut, and also to G. brühe broth, MHG. brüeje, and perh. to E. brawn breath. Cf. Breed (v. t.)

adjective Brood
  1. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
  2. Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow.
verb Brood
  1. To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding."Birds of calm sir brooding on the charmed wave." [Milton.]
  2. To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; -- usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes." Brooding on unprofitable gold." [Dryden.]" Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit." [Hawthorne.]"When with downcast eyes we muse and brood." [Tennyson.]
verb Brood
  1. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.
  2. To cherish with care.(R)
  3. To think anxiously or moodily upon."You'll sit and brood your sorrows on a throne." [Dryden.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The young of an animal cared for at one time
  2. Sit on (eggs) ("Birds brood")
  3. Think moodily or anxiously about something
  4. Be in a huff; be silent or sullen
  5. Be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  6. Hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing ("The terrible vision brooded over her all day long")

Notable Persons With the Last Name Brood

Herman Brood was a rock, roll, rock music, jazz, and blues musician. He was most prominent from 1964 to 2001. Herman was given the name Hermanus Brood on November 5th, 1946 in Zwolle, Netherlands. Herman is also known as Rock 'n' roll junkie. He left this life on July 11th, 2001.


Ruud Brood is a soccer player for the Feyenoord, RKC Waalwijk, FC Den Bosch, Willem II (football club), NAC Breda, and Netherlands national football team. Ruud was born on October 19th, 1962 in Gorinchem.


Philippe Brood was a jurist, consultant, lecturer, and politician. Philippe was given the name Philippe Gérard Brood on July 20th, 1964 in The Hague. Philippe is also known as Brood and Philippe Gérard. He passed away on April 13th, 2000.


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Popularity of Brood as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brood U.S.
  White 92.62% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brood

People with the last name Brood are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brood

  • How Popular is the name Brood? As a last name Brood was the 116,829th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Brood? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Brood was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Brood: Your name in reverse order is Doorb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Odobr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brood? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 149 people with the last name Brood.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brood? Brood is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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