broke

\ˈbrōk \

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

But in China, where the dockless bike industry began from practically zero two years ago, at least two companies have gone broke in the past nine months. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How can dockless bike and scooter companies make money?," 15 Apr. 2018 Have a friend who is chronically broke and only begrudgingly buys wine when other people tell them to? Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "The $50 Dinner Party You Can Completely Make Ahead," 18 Jan. 2018 The meltdown has put the nation’s finances at risk, as the National Treasury faces increasing demands to bail out broke councils. Amogelang Mbatha, Bloomberg.com, "South African Towns Are Falling Apart," 15 June 2018 In the late 1980s, after a global crash in the price of oil, Nigeria’s main export commodity, Nigeria was broke. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade," 9 July 2018 Medicare would not be broke, and hospital coverage would continue. Philly.com, "Medicare is not going broke," 25 June 2018 Her character is a Hollywood housewife: a lady who lunches turned broke divorcée who is suddenly thrust into the work world and must figure out how to be her own woman. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Don't Call It a Comeback—Alicia Silverstone Has Been Here All Along," 20 June 2018 The only way to encourage user engagement without going broke is to ask people to contribute content for free. Michal Lev-ram, Fortune, "Facebook's Fix-It Team," 22 May 2018 Anthony Scaramucci very publicly broke with his former boss over this family's separation issue. Fox News, "Trump and media clash over border," 25 June 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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broke

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of broke

: not having any money

broke

Kids Definition of broke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of break

broke

adjective
\ˈbrōk \

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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