noun (1)
\ ˈbrōg How to pronounce brogue (audio) \

Definition of brogue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stout coarse shoe worn formerly in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands
2 : a heavy shoe often with a hobnailed sole : brogan
3 : a stout oxford shoe with perforations and usually a wing tip


noun (2)

Definition of brogue (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dialect or regional pronunciation especially : an Irish accent

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Did you expect brogue to be defined as "an Irish accent"? You're probably not alone; however, brogue has two homographs (words that are spelled—and, in this case, pronounced—the same but have different origins or parts of speech). Today we're featuring brogue, the shoe, which comes from the Irish word bróg and probably derives from an Old Norse term meaning "leg covering." Brogue, the accent, comes from a different Irish word, barróg, which means "accent" or "speech impediment."

First Known Use of brogue

Noun (1)

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brogue

Noun (1)

Irish bróg & Scottish Gaelic bròg, from Middle Irish bróc, probably from Old Norse brōk leg covering; akin to Old English brōc leg covering — more at breech

Noun (2)

Irish barróg accent, speech impediment, literally, wrestling hold, tight grip

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“Brogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈbrōg How to pronounce brogue (audio) \

Kids Definition of brogue

: an Irish or Scottish accent

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