adjective, broad·er, broad·est.
- Usually Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman.
- a promiscuous woman.
- bro talk,
- broad arrow,
- broad bean,
- broad church,
- broad construction,
- broad daylight
Origin of broad
Examples from the Web for broadly
But it is too early to tell if the changes he helped unleash will prove sustainable, or if they will broadly serve our citizenry.
ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weapons during its rampage across Iraq.ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands|Josh Rogin|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
World leaders, businesses, and economists have broadly supported the case for retaining the union.Voter Intimidation Grips Scotland as It Votes on Independence|Nico Hines|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Iraq there is already a Shia-led government in Baghdad broadly aligned with Tehran.How Iran Could Become Our Shadow Enemy in the Syria ISIS War|Jacob Siegel|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, Republicans are now broadly in favor of hitting “back” at ISIS.
The word thinking, defined early in this chapter, is broadly used to denote the sum of all the intellectual faculties.Applied Psychology for Nurses|Mary F. Porter
Some are cone-shaped with rocky bottoms, some have broadly developed flat bottoms and are known as prairies.Florida Caverns State Park|Robert O. Vernon
Its cap is large, thick and firm, smooth and broadly convex, sometimes pale yellow or buff.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
Though he would have been broadly characterized as a young man, his face bore contradictory testimonies to his precise age.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
This statement is broadly true; yet the correction it needs is a very important one.The Pleasures of England|John Ruskin
- of or relating to a type of pronunciation transcription in which symbols correspond approximately to phonemes without taking account of allophonic variations
- broad a the 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