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[brawth, broth]
  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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Historical Examples of brothy

  • Esther was waiting for the sake of—not a probability, but—a mere possibility, which made the brothy odors endurable.

    Felix Holt, The Radical

    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for brothy


  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 brothy



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 brothy


see too many cooks spoil the broth.

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