broad

[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /
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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.

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.

Definition 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

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

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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