Meaning and Origin
What does the name Brick mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- According to a user from Washington, U.S., the name Brick is of Punjabi origin and means "Building block".
- 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.]
- 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.]
- Any oblong rectangular mass; as, a brick of maple sugar; a penny brickof bread.
- 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
- To lay or pave with bricks; to surround, line, or construct with bricks.
- 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.
- Rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
- 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.
- (countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for building.
- This wall is made of .
- (uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material.
- This house is made of .
- (countable) Something shaped like a brick.
- a plastic explosive
- (dated) A helpful and reliable person.
- Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a .
- (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.
- (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.
- (technology, slang) An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.
- (firearms) A carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.
- (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