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  1. a simple past tense of break.
  2. Nonstandard. a past participle of break.
  3. Archaic. a past participle of break.
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  1. without money; penniless.
  2. bankrupt.
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  1. Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
  2. brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
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  1. go broke,
    1. to become destitute of money or possessions.
    2. to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
  2. go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one's resources to the utmost.
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Origin of broke

1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun)

Synonyms for broke

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Related Words for brokest

penniless, insolvent, destitute, bankrupt, strapped, impoverished, bust, ruined, beggared, indebted, indigent, needy, penurious, poor

Examples from the Web for brokest

Historical Examples of brokest

  • Who broughtest down kings to destruction, and brokest easily their power in pieces, and the glorious from their bed.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version


British Dictionary definitions for brokest


  1. the past tense of break
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  1. informal having no money; bankrupt
  2. go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
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Word Origin and History for brokest



past tense and obsolete past participle of break (v.); extension to "insolvent" is first recorded 1716 (broken in this sense is attested from 1590s). Old English cognate broc meant, in addition to "that which breaks," "affliction, misery."

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Idioms and Phrases with brokest


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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