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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Definitions for brogue

  1. an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English.
  2. any strong regional accent.

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Citations for brogue
She remembered Mother on the day Charley was christened, taking the baby from Dottie and blessing him under her breath in the heavy brogue she carried all her life. Rebecca Johns, Icebergs, 2006
Sir Marhaus the king's son of Ireland talks like all the rest; you ought to give him a brogue, or at least a characteristic expletive; by this means one would recognize him as soon as he spoke, without his even being named. Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1889
Origin of brogue
1680-1690
Though the origin is unknown, it might be linked to the shoe of the same name that originated in Scotland and Ireland.