Meaning of BROACH in English


I. ˈbrōch noun

Etymology: Middle English broche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin * brocca, from Latin, feminine of broccus projecting

Date: 13th century

1. : brooch

2. : any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts: as

a. : a spit for roasting meat

b. : a tool for tapping casks

c. : a cutting tool for removing material from metal or plastic to shape an outside surface or a hole

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


a. : to pierce (as a cask) in order to draw the contents ; also : to open for the first time

b. : to open up or break into (as a mine or stores)

2. : to shape or enlarge (a hole) with a broach


a. : to make known for the first time

b. : to open up (a subject) for discussion

intransitive verb

: to break the surface from below

Synonyms: see express

• broach·er noun

III. intransitive verb

Etymology: perhaps from broach (II)

Date: 1705

: to veer or yaw dangerously so as to lie broadside to the waves — often used with to

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