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
Examples from the Web for broadest
Contemporary Examples of broadest
It's the broadest hint yet that Prince George may soon have a baby sibling.William's New Baby Hint
April 12, 2014
It brings together the largest and broadest exhibition of contemporary Arab photographic art yet seen in the United States.Fotofest Brings Unprecedented Collection of Arab Photographic Art to U.S.
November 11, 2013
That indeed would soon metamorphose into the strongest and broadest economic expansion since World War II.The Twilight Vindication of George H.W. Bush
Mark K. Updegrove
October 20, 2013
The GDP report profits the broadest barometer of economic performance.The Misuse and Meaning of GDP
April 27, 2013
In the broadest sense of the term, we didn't build anything.What Can We Do About America's Baby Bust?
February 8, 2013
Historical Examples of broadest
It is national in the broadest sense of the term, and primative and forcible to intensity.Ridgeway
Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.The Devil's Dictionary
He prided himself on being able to speak the broadest of the dialect.Heather and Snow
They were, one and all, from the broadest and best to the narrowest and least frequented, very dark.Barnaby Rudge
There, on one of the broadest tombstones she saw sitting a circle of lamias.
- 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