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 broadlychiefly, generally, mostly, widely, principally, predominantly, largely, commonly, universally, publicly, typically, ordinarily, roughly, customarily, usually, normally, abundantly, considerably, extensively, generously
Examples from the Web for broadly
Contemporary Examples of 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.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
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
October 21, 2014
World leaders, businesses, and economists have broadly supported the case for retaining the union.Voter Intimidation Grips Scotland as It Votes on Independence
September 18, 2014
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
September 16, 2014
Indeed, Republicans are now broadly in favor of hitting “back” at ISIS.Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of broadly
The spores are broadly elliptical or subglobose, 6–7.5 long.
The spores are broadly elliptic-fusiform, black, opaque, 107.
The spores are broadly elliptical and purplish-brown, 7–85–6.
"Certainly I took it," said Jeffrey, smiling at Alston broadly.The Prisoner
The result was a broadly treated facsimile of the original drawing.John Baptist Jackson
- 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