broken-down

[ broh-kuh n-doun ]
/ ˈbroʊ kənˈdaʊn /

adjective

shattered or collapsed, as with age; infirm.
having given way with use or age; out of working order: a broken-down chair.

Nearby words

  1. broken reed,
  2. broken twill weave,
  3. broken water,
  4. broken wind,
  5. broken-check,
  6. broken-field,
  7. broken-hearted,
  8. brokenhearted,
  9. brokenly,
  10. broker

Origin of broken-down

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for broken-down

broken-down

adjective

worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidateda broken-down fence
not in working ordera broken-down tractor
physically or mentally ill
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