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broad

[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /
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adjective, broad·er, broad·est.
adverb
fully: He was broad awake.
noun
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Idioms about broad

Origin of broad

First recorded before 1000; Middle English bro(a)d, Old English brād; cognate with Dutch breed, German breit, Old Norse breithr, Gothic braiths

synonym study for broad

1. See wide.

usage note for broad

When used to refer to a woman, broad is usually perceived as insulting. The meaning “promiscuous woman” is probably the earlier sense.

OTHER WORDS FROM broad

broad·ish, adjectivebroad·ly, adverbo·ver·broad, adjective

Other definitions for broad (2 of 2)

Broad
[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /

noun
C(harlie) D(unbar), 1887–1971, English philosopher.
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British Dictionary definitions for broad (1 of 2)

broad
/ (brɔːd) /

adjective
noun
adverb
widely or fullybroad awake

Derived forms of broad

broadly, adverbbroadness, noun

Word Origin for broad

Old English brād; related to Old Norse breithr, Old Frisian brēd, Old High German breit, Gothic braiths

British Dictionary definitions for broad (2 of 2)

B-road

noun
(in Britain) a secondary road
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