- an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
- a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.
- to act as a broker for: to broker the sale of a house.
- to act as a broker.
Origin of broker
- without money; penniless.
- Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
- brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
- go broke,
- to become destitute of money or possessions.
- to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
- go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one's resources to the utmost.
Origin of broke
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Examples from the Web for broker
When you are safely out, you give your password to the smuggler who calls it in to the broker to release the funds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
The broker who sold the policy went so far as to say the doctors had been lying to me.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
John Kerry wants to broker a deal to stop the violence between Israel and Hamas.Everyone Says John Kerry Should Stay Out of the Middle East
July 13, 2014
Before he heads for the exits, Cantor can do something good for the country and broker a deal updating the Voting Rights Act.Eric Cantor’s Last, Legacy-Burnishing Task: Update the VRA
June 16, 2014
Kairkhwa also tried to broker a peace in 2001 between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance with Iranian help, but that failed.CIA Chief, White House Chief of Staff Long Argued the Taliban 5 Could Go Free
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
June 7, 2014
There's a broker I've known down-town—fellow by the name of Relpin.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You'll have the broker in, and be turned out; that's what'll happen to you.Little Dorrit
His broker called for more margin; he could not respond and was sold out.The Greater Inclination
Your contract is as good only as the reliability of your broker.About sugar buying for Jobbers
B. W. Dyer
Of this amount he had in his possession—in his broker's possession, that is—but two of the eighths.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
- an agent who, acting on behalf of a principal, buys or sells goods, securities, etc, in return for a commissioninsurance broker
- (formerly) short for stockbroker
- a dealer in second-hand goods
- to act as a broker (in)
- the past tense of break
- informal having no money; bankrupt
- go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
Word Origin and History for broker
late 14c., from Anglo-French brocour "small trader," from abrokur "retailer of wine, tapster;" perhaps from Portuguese alborcar "barter," but more likely from Old French brocheor, from brochier "to broach, tap, pierce (a keg)," from broche "pointed tool" (see broach (n.)), giving original sense of "wine dealer," hence "retailer, middleman, agent." In Middle English, used contemptuously of peddlers and pimps.
1630s (implied in brokering), from broker (n.). Related: Brokered.
past tense and obsolete past participle of break (v.); extension to "insolvent" is first recorded 1716 (broken in this sense is attested from 1590s). Old English cognate broc meant, in addition to "that which breaks," "affliction, misery."
A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.