[broh-guh n]


a heavy, sturdy shoe, especially an ankle-high work shoe.

Origin of brogan

< Irish brógán, diminutive of bróg shoe; see brogue2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brogans

Historical Examples of brogans

  • And thumping down their brogans came, like hammers on the floor.

  • It seemed as if Elnora's gasp of relief must have reached the soles of her brogans.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost

    Gene Stratton Porter

  • I was much attracted by his brogans, which were much too large, and had a fine coating of stove polish to enhance their charm.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason

  • To dramatize his isolation from his own group, he wore old clothes, brogans, and his school cap.


    Evelyn Scott

  • He at once dismounted and changed his uncomfortable riding-boots for 45 the brogans of the herder.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan

British Dictionary definitions for brogans



a heavy laced usually ankle-high work boot

Word Origin for brogan

C19: from Gaelic brōgan a little shoe, from brōg shoe; see brogue ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for brogans

type of coarse shoes, 1846, from Irish and Gaelic brogan, diminutive of brog "shoe" (cf. brogue).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper