broad

[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /

adjective, broad·er, broad·est.

adverb

fully: He was broad awake.

noun

Idioms

Origin of broad

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

SYNONYMS FOR broad

1 See wide.
3 extensive, ample, vast.
5 liberal, open.
10 gross.

ANTONYMS FOR broad

Related forms

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

Usage note

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

broad

/ (brɔːd) /

adjective

noun

adverb

widely or fullybroad awake

Derived Forms

broadly, adverbbroadness, noun

Word Origin for broad

Old English brād; related to Old Norse breithr, Old Frisian brēd, Old High German breit, Gothic braiths
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Idioms and Phrases with broad daylight (1 of 2)

broad daylight


Ample and obvious natural light, as in You don't need your flashlight—it's broad daylight, or She was accosted on her own street in broad daylight. [1300s]

Idioms and Phrases with broad daylight (2 of 2)

broad


In addition to the idioms beginning with broad

  • broad daylight
  • broad in the beam
  • broad shoulders, have

also see:

  • can't hit the broad side of a barn
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