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 broaderexpansive, 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 broader
Contemporary Examples of broader
The WHO has agreed to meet with Yang and a number of Chinese NGOs to discuss a broader ruling on the practice.China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case
December 19, 2014
I also want to alert you to the broader circumstances of my incarceration.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
Support is a good thing and the broader the so-called movement can be, the better.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
For the broader public, it matters that we have become desensitized to the loss of some lives and value them less than others.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?
December 9, 2014
The broader issue is also playing out without the usual toxicity.Dear GOP: Fix the Damn Justice System!
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of broader
Now, if my advice is of any use to you, take a broader view of history than you have done.In the Midst of Alarms
The sergeant seemed to have grown bigger and broader than ever.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The higher up he mounted, the broader and more beautiful became the view.Moni the Goat-Boy
We swung into the broader road and followed the contrabands.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
With a broader education, will come keener demand for intelligence.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- 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