Meaning of BROKEN in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈbrō-kən ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan to break

Date: 13th century

1. : violently separated into parts : shattered

2. : damaged or altered by breaking: as

a. : having undergone or been subjected to fracture

a broken leg

b. of land surfaces : being irregular, interrupted, or full of obstacles

c. : violated by transgression

a broken promise

d. : discontinuous , interrupted

e. : disrupted by change

f. of a tulip flower : having an irregular, streaked, or blotched pattern especially from virus infection


a. : made weak or infirm

b. : subdued completely : crushed, sorrowful

a broken heart

a broken spirit

c. : bankrupt

d. : reduced in rank


a. : cut off : disconnected

b. : imperfectly spoken or written

broken English

5. : not complete or full

a broken bale of hay

6. : disunited by divorce, separation, or desertion of one parent

children from broken homes

a broken family

• bro·ken·ly adverb

• bro·ken·ness -kə(n)-nəs noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.