Meaning of BROAD in English


I. ˈbrȯd adjective

Etymology: Middle English brood, from Old English brād; akin to Old High German breit broad

Date: before 12th century


a. : having ample extent from side to side or between limits

broad shoulders

b. : having a specified extension from side to side

made the path 10 feet broad

2. : extending far and wide : spacious

the broad plains


a. : open , full

broad daylight

b. : plain , obvious

a broad hint

4. : dialectal especially in pronunciation

5. : marked by lack of restraint, delicacy, or subtlety:

a. obsolete : outspoken

b. : coarse , risque

broad humor

6. of a vowel : open — used specifically of a pronounced as in father


a. : liberal , tolerant

broad views

b. : widely applicable or applied : general

a broad rule

8. : relating to the main or essential points

broad outlines

• broad·ly adverb

• broad·ness noun


broad , wide , deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side

a broad avenue

wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned

rugs eight feet wide

or applied to unfilled space between limits

a wide doorway

broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered

broad shoulders

deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point

a deep cupboard

deep woods

II. adverb

Date: before 12th century

: in a broad manner : fully

broad awake

III. noun

Date: 1659

1. British : an expansion of a river — often used in plural

2. often offensive : woman

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