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From a- +‎ brook (to endure). Compare Old English ābrūcan (to eat). More at brook.



abrook (third-person singular simple present abrooks, present participle abrooking, simple past and past participle abrooked)

  1. To brook; to endure. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth, act 2, scene 4, lines 8-12:
      [] / Uneath may she endure the flinty streets, / To tread them with her tender-feeling feet. / Sweet Nell, ill can thy noble mind abrook / The abject people gazing on thy face / With envious looks, laughing at thy shame, / []


  1. ^ “abrook” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 8.