[ brawd ]
/ brɔd /

adjective, broad·er, broad·est.


fully: He was broad awake.


Nearby words

  1. bro,
  2. bro talk,
  3. bro.,
  4. broach,
  5. broaching,
  6. broad arrow,
  7. broad bean,
  8. broad church,
  9. broad construction,
  10. broad daylight


Origin of broad

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

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

Related formsbroad·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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for broadly


/ (brɔːd) /




widely or fullybroad awake
Derived Formsbroadly, 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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Word Origin and History for broadly
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Idioms and Phrases with broadly


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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