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[broh-guh n] /ˈbroʊ gən/
a heavy, sturdy shoe, especially an ankle-high work shoe.
Origin of brogan
< Irish brógán, diminutive of bróg shoe; see brogue2 Unabridged
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  • There was in the Assembly a man whom Mr. Roosevelt calls “brogan.”

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Edmund Lester Pearson
  • As "Private brogan" his name figures among the Vesta's passengers.

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    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
  • Kessler and brogan had stopped eating and were watching her intently.

    The Last Straw William J. Smith
  • Reluctantly the man whose house had been invaded stooped and unlaced his brogan.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • brogan raised his hand again in his imperious gesture then dropped it to the desk.

    The Last Straw William J. Smith
  • A buzzer on Senator brogan's desk hummed two short discreet hums.

    The Last Straw William J. Smith
  • Margaret smiled philosophically when Kessler told her he had to go back to see brogan.

    The Last Straw William J. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for brogan


a heavy laced usually ankle-high work boot
Word Origin
C19: from Gaelic brōgan a little shoe, from brōg shoe; see brogue²
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