abrood

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abrod, equivalent to a- +‎ brood.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

abrood (comparative more abrood, superlative most abrood)

  1. (obsolete) Upon a brood; on a hatch. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 19th century.][1]
    • 1821, George D'Oyly, Hendrik Slatius, Henry Wharton, The life of William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury:
      The word in the original (as St. Hierom tells us from the Hebrew traditions) implies, that the Spirit of God sat abrood upon the whole rude mass, as birds upon their eggs, [...]
  2. (figuratively) Mischief. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 19th century.][1]

Adjective[edit]

abrood (comparative more abrood, superlative most abrood)

  1. (obsolete) Upon a brood; hatching eggs. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 19th century.][1]
  2. (figuratively) Mischief. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 19th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8

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