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[broh-guh n]
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  1. a heavy, sturdy shoe, especially an ankle-high work shoe.

Origin of brogan

< Irish brógán, diminutive of bróg shoe; see brogue2
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Examples from the Web for brogan

Historical Examples

  • There was in the Assembly a man whom Mr. Roosevelt calls “Brogan.”

    Theodore Roosevelt</p>

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • As "Private Brogan" his name figures among the Vesta's passengers.

    By-Ways of War</p>

    James Jeffrey Roche

  • "I'm very interested in that aspect, as you may know," Brogan said.

    The Last Straw

    William J. Smith

  • Brogan turned the emotion away from himself with professional skill.

    The Last Straw

    William J. Smith

  • Brogan stood with his hand on the door with led to the corridor.

    The Last Straw

    William J. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for brogan


  1. a heavy laced usually ankle-high work boot

Word Origin

C19: from Gaelic brōgan a little shoe, from brōg shoe; see brogue ²
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