Simple Definition of broken
: separated into parts or pieces by being hit, damaged, etc.
: not working properly
: not kept or honored
Full Definition of broken
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
4 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>
Examples of broken
The street was covered with broken glass.
<a broken vase that could not be repaired>
Origin of broken
Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan to break
First Known Use: 13th century
Medical Definition of broken
: having undergone or been subjected to fracture <a broken leg>
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