brogue

1
[brohg]
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Origin of brogue

1
First recorded in 1680–90; perhaps special use of brogue2
Related formsbro·guer·y, noun

brogue

2
[brohg]
noun
  1. a durable, comfortable, low-heeled shoe, often having decorative perforations and a wing tip.
  2. a coarse, usually untanned leather shoe once worn in Ireland and Scotland.
  3. brogan.

Origin of brogue

2
1580–90; < Irish brōg shoe, Old Irish brōce; cognate with L. brācae trousers < Gaulish; see breech

brogue

3
[brohg]
noun Scot.
  1. a fraud; trick; prank.

Origin of brogue

3
First recorded in 1530–40; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for brogue

brogue

1
noun
  1. a broad gentle-sounding dialectal accent, esp that used by the Irish in speaking English

Word Origin for brogue

C18: probably from brogue ², alluding to the footwear of the peasantry

brogue

2
noun
  1. a sturdy walking shoe, often with ornamental perforations
  2. an untanned shoe worn formerly in Ireland and Scotland

Word Origin for brogue

C16: from Irish Gaelic bróg boot, shoe, probably from Old Norse brōk leg covering
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Word Origin and History for brogue
n.

type of Celtic accent, 1705, perhaps from the meaning "rough, stout shoe" worn by rural Irish and Scottish highlanders (1580s), via Gaelic or Irish, from Old Irish broce "shoe," thus originally meaning something like "speech of those who call a shoe a brogue." Or perhaps it is from Old Irish barrog "a hold" (on the tongue).

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