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From Middle English abroche, from Guernsey Norman, from Old French abroche (to spigot). Equivalent to a- +‎ broach.


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abroach (third-person singular simple present abroaches, present participle abroaching, simple past and past participle abroached)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.
    • 1633, George Herbert, The Agonie
      on the crosse a pike / Did set again abroach


abroach (not comparable)

  1. Broached; in a condition for letting out or yielding liquor, as a cask which is tapped. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).][1]
  2. In a state to be diffused or propagated; afoot; astir. [First attested in the early 16th century.][1]


abroach (not comparable)

  1. Tapped; broached. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).][1]
  2. Astir; moving about. [First attested in the early 16th century.][1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 “abroach” 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, page 8.