adjective, broad·er, broad·est.
- Usually Offensive.a term used to refer to a woman.
- a promiscuous woman.
Origin of broad
Synonyms for broad
Antonyms for broad
Related Words for broadexpansive, full, generous, deep, large, immense, extensive, vast, wide, comprehensive, universal, far-reaching, sweeping, wide-ranging, clear, explicit, straightforward, radical, thick, squat
Examples from the Web for broad
Contemporary Examples of broad
The Eighty-ninth Congress was potentially more fertile ground for the broad range of controversial programs on his dream agenda.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Our time is so vastly different in its particulars that the parallels work only in broad strokes.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
Then, under the bold headline “Rebooting Spider-Man,” Robinov describes a broad vision for the future of the franchise.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
December 13, 2014
This could create tremendous opportunity for a broad swath of the rustbelt population.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Its reporting and commentary on politics, society, and arts and letters have nurtured a broad liberal spirit in our national life.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of broad
There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In the broad pathways of the ocean such a chance is doubtful.Brave and Bold
Found his camp and a white gum marked with a broad arrow, but no water.Explorations in Australia
As this new era approaches we can already see its broad outlines.
They reached a broad flat, and the stallion gained with terrible insistence.Way of the Lawless
- of or relating to a type of pronunciation transcription in which symbols correspond approximately to phonemes without taking account of allophonic variations
- broad athe long vowel in English words such as father, half, as represented in the received pronunciation of Southern British English
- a girl or woman
- a prostitute
Word Origin for broad
Old English brad "broad, flat, open, extended," from Proto-Germanic *braithaz (cf. Old Frisian bred, Old Norse breiðr, Dutch breed, German breit, Gothic brouþs), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic languages. No clear distinction in sense from wide. Related: Broadly. Broad-brim as a style of hat (1680s, broad-brimmed) in 18c.-19c. suggested "Quaker male" from their characteristic attire.
"woman," slang, 1911, perhaps suggestive of broad (adj.) hips, but it also might trace to American English abroadwife, word for a woman (often a slave) away from her husband. Earliest use of the slang word suggests immorality or coarse, low-class women. Because of this negative association, and the rise of women's athletics, the track and field broad jump was changed to the long jump c.1967.
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