Meaning of BRICK in English


I. ˈbrik noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English bryke, from Middle Dutch bricke

Date: 15th century

1. plural bricks or brick : a handy-sized unit of building or paving material typically being rectangular and about 2 1/4 × 3 3/4 × 8 inches (57 × 95 × 203 millimeters) and of moist clay hardened by heat

2. : a good-hearted person

3. : a rectangular compressed mass (as of ice cream)

4. : a semisoft cheese with numerous small holes, smooth texture, and often mild flavor

5. : gaffe , blunder — used especially in the phrase drop a brick

6. : a badly missed shot in basketball

he threw up a brick

II. transitive verb

Date: 1592

: to close, face, or pave with bricks — usually used with up, in, or over

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