- brick [brik]n.[ME brike < MDu < breken, BREAK (in sense “piece of baked clay”) & MFr brique < OFr, of same orig.]1. a substance made from clay molded into oblong blocks and fired in a kiln or baked in the sun, used in building, paving, etc.2. one of these blocks, of any of various standard sizes3. bricks collectively4. anything shaped like a brick5. [Old Informal] a fine personadj.1. built or paved with brick2. like brick [brick red]vt.to face, pave, etc. with brick——————brick up or brick into close or wall in with brick——————☆ hit the bricksSlang to go out on strike——————make bricks without straw [from use of straw as binding agent in sun-baked bricks: cf. Ex. 5:7]to do something without the necessary material
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.