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

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 In 2017 and 2016, shows also broke records, with 6.4 percent of characters identifying as LGBTQ in 2017, up from 4 percent in 2016. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 saw record growth in LGBTQ roles on television," 26 Oct. 2018 And like many celebrities who used to be really broke and now are very rich, Halsey never lets anyone pay for anything. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "How Did Halsey Get Here?," 13 July 2018 But the report says officers strained or broke regulations while confronting one core group of demonstrators, many of whom were dressed in full black and were part of a group called DisruptJ20. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Independent police group criticizes D.C. officers’ handling of Inauguration Day riots," 10 July 2018 Muguruza’s warm memories of that 2 hour 20 minute match against Kerber were little comfort against the free-swinging Van Uytvanck, who shifted to a go-for-broke strategy after coughing up a 4-2 lead in the first set. New York Times, "Garbiñe Muguruza and Marin Cilic Join the Wimbledon Exodus," 5 July 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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