broke

\ ˈbrōk How to pronounce broke (audio) \

Definition of broke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of break

broke

adjective

Definition of broke (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of broke in a Sentence

Adjective

She is broke and homeless. Can I borrow 10 dollars? I'm broke until payday.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Perhaps the Rockets should be commended for this wild, go-for-broke gamble, pairing two of the all-time greats, but a happy ending seems quite unlikely. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "James Harden and Russell Westbrook: Rockets interesting, but doomed," 13 July 2019 His lawyers said in letters to the court that Person was financially broke at the time of his crimes, and has asked for leniency as a result. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Sentencing hearing for Chuck Person adjourned for 8 days," 8 July 2019 Oddly, season 11’s weirdest queen, finds thrift store throwaways and household items to create her unique brand of avant-garde drag on a broke queen budget. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Yvie Oddly, Nina West, more Drag Race stars getting new reality shows," 27 June 2019 The night honored standout performers from the 2018-2019 Broadway season, which was extremely successful and broke box office records. James Love, Essence, "Danai Gurira Gave Us Life In Gucci At The 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 After touring with a band in 2000, I was broke and answered an ad for a job at Savoir. Perry Garfinkel, New York Times, "The Art of Making a Bespoke Mattress," 29 June 2018 Bladen was the only county in the district where votes by mail broke Republican. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vote Fraud Shouldn’t Be Easy," 7 Dec. 2018 Vasquez said that even though the agency employed 200 to 300 models, the company didn’t make any money and Brunel was always broke. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images Milo Yiannopoulos is broke. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Milo Yiannopoulos’s collapse shows that no-platforming can work," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of broke

Adjective

1710, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for broke

Adjective

Middle English, alteration of broken

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The first known use of broke was in 1710

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broke

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of broke

informal : not having any money

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Kids Definition of broke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of break

broke

adjective
\ ˈbrōk How to pronounce broke (audio) \

Kids Definition of broke (Entry 2 of 2)

: having no money

broke

Medical Definition of broke

past of break

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Legal Definition of broke

past of break

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