- 1[intransitive] brood (over/on/about something) to think a lot about something that makes you annoyed, anxious or upset You're not still brooding over what he said, are you? See related entries: Nervous
- 2[intransitive, transitive] brood (something) if a bird broods, or broods its eggs, it sits on the eggs in order to hatch them (= make the young come out of them) Word Origin Old English brōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broed and German Brut, also to breed. Sense (1) of the verb was originally used with an object, i.e. ‘to nurse (feelings) in the mind’ (late 16th cent.), a figurative use of the idea of a hen nursing chicks under her wings.Extra examples He sits in his armchair brooding on how life has let him down. Try not to brood about last night. You’re not still brooding over what he said, are you?
BrE BrE//bruːd//; NAmE NAmE//bruːd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brood
BrE BrE//bruːd//; NAmE NAmE//bruːd//he / she / it broods
BrE BrE//bruːdz//; NAmE NAmE//bruːdz//past simple brooded
BrE BrE//ˈbruːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːdɪd//past participle brooded
BrE BrE//ˈbruːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːdɪd//-ing form brooding
BrE BrE//ˈbruːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːdɪŋ//Nervous