- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: brōk, IPA(key): /bɹəʊk/
- (General American) enPR: brōk, IPA(key): /bɹoʊk/
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- Rhymes: -əʊk
- simple past tense of
- (archaic, nonstandard or poetic) past participle of
- 1999 October 3, J. Stewart Burns, "Mars University", Futurama, season 2, episode 2, Fox Broadcasting Company
- Guenther: I guess the hat must have broke my fall.
- (informal) Lacking money; bankrupt
- (informal) Broken.
- (nautical) Demoted, deprived of a commission.
- He was broke and rendered unfit to serve His Majesty at sea.
- boracic (UK rhyming slang), skint (UK slang), stony-broke (UK slang')
- See also Wikisaurus:impoverished
lacking money; bankrupt
broke (plural brokes)
- (papermaking) Paper or board that is discarded and repulped during the manufacturing process.
1880, James Dunbar, The Practical Papermaker: A Complete Guide to the Manufacture of Paper, page 12:
- If the broke accumulates, a larger proportion can be used in making coloured papers, otherwise the above quantity is sufiicient.
- 1914, The World's Paper Trade Review, Volume 62, page 204:
- Presumably, most of the brokes and waste were used up in this manner, and during the manufacture of the coarse stuff little or no attention was paid to either cleanliness or colour.
- 2014 September 25, Judge Diane Wood, NCR Corp. v. George A. Whiting Paper Co.:
- These mills purchase broke from other paper mills through middlemen and use it to make paper.
- To broker; to transact business for another.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Broome to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To act as procurer in love matters; to pimp.
- We do want a certain necessary woman to broke between them, Cupid said.
- And brokes with all that can in such a suit / Corrupt the tender honour of a maid.
Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: dinner · command · etc. · #771: broke · waiting · political · reading