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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English broche, from Old French broche, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, originally a feminine form of Latin broccus, perhaps ultimately of Gaulish origin (see Scottish Gaelic brog; cognate to brochure).[1]

NounEdit

broach (plural broaches)

  1. A series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel. For example, the toothed stone chisel shown here.
  2. (masonry) A broad chisel for stone-cutting.
  3. Alternative spelling of brooch
    • 2012, Cara C. Putman, A Promise Born
      She pinned a broach on her jacket.
      When Viv saw it, she laughed. “Is that the best you can do? A flower broach?”
  4. A spit for cooking food.
    • Francis Bacon
      He turned a broach that had worn a crown.
  5. An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Forby to this entry?)
  6. (architecture, Britain, dialectal) A spire rising from a tower.
  7. A spit-like start on the head of a young stag.
  8. The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  9. The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
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broach (third-person singular simple present broaches, present participle broaching, simple past and past participle broached)

  1. (transitive) To make a hole in, especially a cask of liquor, and put in a tap in order to draw the liquid.
  2. (transitive) To open, to make an opening into; to pierce.
    French knights at Agincourt were unable to broach the English line.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To begin discussion about (something).
    I broached the subject of contraceptives carefully when the teenager mentioned his promiscuity.
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Etymology 2Edit

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broach (third-person singular simple present broaches, present participle broaching, simple past and past participle broached)

  1. (intransitive) To be turned sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.
    The small boat broached and nearly sank, because of the large waves.
  2. (transitive) To cause to turn sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves (usually followed by to; also figurative).
  3. (transitive) To be overcome or submerged by a wave or surge of water.
    Each time we came around into the wind, the sea broached our bow.
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ broach” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English broche, from Old French broche, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, originally a feminine form of Latin broccus; possibly ultimately of Gaulish provenance.

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NounEdit

broach (plural broachs)

  1. (archaic) A spindle.
  2. (archaic) A slender or thin person (especially as a nickname).