broach

[ brohch ]
/ broʊtʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to veer to windward.
to break the surface of water; rise from the sea, as a fish or a submarine.

Origin of broach

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English broche < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *brocca spike, horn, tap of a cask (Medieval Latin broca), noun use of feminine of Latin adj. brocc(h)us projecting (said of teeth); (v.) Middle English brochen < Old French broch(i)er, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM broach

broach·er, nounun·broached, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH broach

broach brooch
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British Dictionary definitions for broach (1 of 2)

broach1
/ (brəʊtʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of broach

broacher, noun

Word Origin for broach

C14: from Old French broche, from Vulgar Latin brocca (unattested), from Latin brochus projecting

British Dictionary definitions for broach (2 of 2)

broach2
/ (brəʊtʃ) /

verb

nautical (usually foll by to) to cause (a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously or (of a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously in a following sea, so as to be broadside to the waves

Word Origin for broach

C18: perhaps from broach 1 in obsolete sense of turn on a spit
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Medicine definitions for broach

broach
[ brōch ]

n.

A dental instrument for removing the pulp of a tooth or exploring its canal.
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