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 Well, everything except for him always being broke. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Who is the biggest baller on Ballers? An EW investigation," 22 Aug. 2019 And then there’s this point-of-view: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Anchorage Daily News, "Mexican dining remix: Jalapenos fills space left by departure of Carlos’ in South Anchorage," 8 Aug. 2019 Orry had been working hard for five years, and yet he was broke, with nothing saved. Paul Tough, The Atlantic, "The Myth of the Wealthy Welder," 13 Sep. 2019 If the Rockies ever really did that, the relievers in question would be broke! Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Colorado could lose both Arenado and Story at the same time," 4 Sep. 2019 Wet n Wild, which has long been a cult favorite among broke teenagers and anyone else who balks at the idea of shelling out $39 for eyeshadow, told users on Twitter that its palette would retail for $25 to $29. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "James Charles accuses Wet n Wild of copying his eyeshadow palette," 7 Sep. 2019 According to Credit Karma, the top reasons people report going into debt to attend a bachelorette are a sense of obligation and not wanting to seem broke to their friends. Hope Corrigan, Quartzy, "Today’s bachelorette parties have everything—except budgets," 6 Sep. 2019 Here's a crash course on things to do that even a broke college student can afford. Danielle Woodward, azcentral, "Everything you need to know about going to college in metro Phoenix. Seriously, everything," 17 Aug. 2019 That was very strange to live through, in particular from the point of view of a broke actor who wasn’t actually participating in the Celtic Tiger in any way. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "How Tana French Inhabits the Minds of Her Detectives," 10 Aug. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broke. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for broke

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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