[ broh-ker ]
/ ˈbroʊ kər /


an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.

verb (used with object)

to act as a broker for: to broker the sale of a house.

verb (used without object)

to act as a broker.

Nearby words

  1. broken-down,
  2. broken-field,
  3. broken-hearted,
  4. brokenhearted,
  5. brokenly,
  6. broker-dealer,
  7. brokerage,
  8. brokered convention,
  9. broking,
  10. brolga

Origin of broker

1350–1400; Middle English broco(u)r < Anglo-French broco(u)r, abrocour middleman, wine merchant; compare Old Provençal abrocador, perhaps based on Spanish alboroque gift or drink concluding a transaction (< Arabic al-burūk the gift, gratuity), with -ador < Latin -ātōr- -ator

Related formsbro·ker·ship, nounsub·bro·ker, noun


[ brohk ]
/ broʊk /



without money; penniless.


Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.

Origin of broke

1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for broker


/ (ˈbrəʊkə) /


an agent who, acting on behalf of a principal, buys or sells goods, securities, etc, in return for a commissioninsurance broker
(formerly) short for stockbroker
a dealer in second-hand goods


to act as a broker (in)

Word Origin for broker

C14: from Anglo-French brocour broacher (of casks, hence, one who sells, agent), from Old Northern French broquier to tap a cask, from broque tap of a cask; see broach 1


/ (brəʊk) /


the past tense of break


informal having no money; bankrupt
go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
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Word Origin and History for broker
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Culture definitions for broker


A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.

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Idioms and Phrases with broker


see flat broke; go broke; go for (broke); if it ain't broke don't fix it. Also see under break.

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