[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /
adjective, broad·er, broad·est.
of great breadth: The river was too broad to swim across.
measured from side to side: The desk was three feet broad.
of great extent; large: the broad expanse of ocean.
widely diffused; open; full: We awoke to broad daylight.
not limited or narrow; of extensive range or scope: A modern doctor must have a broad knowledge of medicine.
liberal; tolerant: A broad interpretation of the law tempers justice with mercy.
main or general: the broad outlines of a subject.
plain or clear: Her remark was a broad hint of her feelings.
indelicate; indecent: He smirked at the broad joke.
(of conversation) rough; countrified.
unconfined; free; unrestrained: It was a hilarious evening of broad mirth.
(of pronunciation) strongly dialectal: He wore kilts and had a broad Scots accent.
Phonetics. (of a transcription) using one basic symbol to represent each phoneme.
broad a, the a-sound [ah] /ɑ/ when used in lieu of the more common a-sound [a] /æ/ in such words as half, can't, and laugh.
fully: He was broad awake.
the broad part of anything.
- Usually Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman.
- a promiscuous woman.
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Idioms for broad
broad on the beam, Nautical. bearing 90° to the heading of a vessel.
broad on the bow, Nautical. bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.
broad on the quarter, Nautical. bearing 135° to the heading of a vessel.
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
SYNONYMS FOR broad
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 broadbroadish, adjectivebroadly, adverbo·ver·broad, adjective
Definition for broad (2 of 2)
[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /
C(harlie) D(unbar), 1887–1971, English philosopher.
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British Dictionary definitions for broad (1 of 2)
/ (brɔːd) /
having relatively great breadth or width
of vast extent; spaciousa broad plain
(postpositive) from one side to the otherfour miles broad
of great scope or potentialthat invention had broad applications
not detailed; generalbroad plans
clear and open; full (esp in the phrase broad daylight)
obvious or plainbroad hints
liberal; toleranta broad political stance
widely spread; extensivebroad support
outspoken or bolda broad manner
vulgar; coarse; indecenta broad joke
unrestrained; freebroad laughter
(of a dialect or pronunciation) consisting of a large number of speech sounds characteristic of a particular geographical areaa broad Yorkshire accent
finance denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money and balances, most private-sector bank deposits, and sterling bank-deposit certificatesbroad money Compare narrow (def. 7)
- of or relating to a type of pronunciation transcription in which symbols correspond approximately to phonemes without taking account of allophonic variations
- broad a the long vowel in English words such as father, half, as represented in the received pronunciation of Southern British English
as broad as it is long amounting to the same thing; without advantage either way
the broad part of something
slang, mainly US and Canadian
- a girl or woman
- a prostitute
British dialect a river spreading over a lowlandSee also Broads
East Anglian dialect a shallow lake
a wood-turning tool used for shaping the insides and bottoms of cylinders
widely or fullybroad awake
Derived forms of broadbroadly, 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)
(in Britain) a secondary road
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Idioms and Phrases with broad
In addition to the idioms beginning with broad
- broad daylight
- broad in the beam
- broad shoulders, have
- can't hit the broad side of a barn
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