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[brawth, broth]
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  1. thin soup of concentrated meat or fish stock.
  2. water that has been boiled with meat, fish, vegetables, or barley.
  3. Bacteriology. a liquid medium containing nutrients suitable for culturing microorganisms.
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  1. broth of a boy, a sturdy youth.
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Origin of broth

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse broth, Old High German brod; akin to brew
Related formsbroth·y, adjective
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Related Words for broth

porridge, puree, chowder, bouillon, concoction, distillation, fluid, splash, elixir, brew, bowl, potpourri, stock, potage, gumbo, decoction, pottage, vichyssoise, borscht, dishwater

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Historical Examples of broth

  • I do but know that whether the broth be ready or no, I am about to dip this into it.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Be careful to have some broth ready, for the other that I am to take soon.

  • Ye can jist make up your mind that Miss Linda is the broth of the earth.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Broth and coffee were sold at these places at a penny a cup.

  • "Miss Perry's getting him some broth," Mrs. Adams returned, calmly.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for broth


  1. a soup made by boiling meat, fish, vegetables, etc, in water
  2. another name for stock (def. 19)
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Word Origin for broth

Old English broth; related to Old Norse broth, Old High German brod, German brodeln to boil; see brew
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Word Origin and History for broth


Old English broþ, from Proto-Germanic *bruthan (cf. Old High German *brod), from verb root *bhreue- "to heat, boil, bubble; liquid in which something has been boiled" (cf. Old English breowan "to brew;" see brew (v.)). Picked up from Germanic by the Romanic and Celtic languages.

The Irishism broth of a boy, which is in Byron, was "thought to originate from the Irish Broth, passion -- Brotha passionate, spirited ..." [Farmer], and if so is not immediately related.

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Idioms and Phrases with broth


see too many cooks spoil the broth.

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