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)

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 The summer of 1977, New York City was broke, so there weren’t any summer jobs. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 Before the nation began to recover in 1897, 600 banks failed, 15,000 businesses went bankrupt, one-third of all railroads went broke and national unemployment reached as high as 18.4 percent. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 9 Jan. 2022 Its unemployment program went broke in 2009, forcing the state to borrow more than $2 billion from the federal government. Jonathan Ingram, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 When the symphony went broke in 1996, Ash helped keep the orchestra afloat by subsidizing the musicians’ paychecks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Many consultants went broke and sold the merchandise at steep discounts. Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Before launching Nasty Gal and Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso was broke, homeless and rummaging through dumpsters for leftover food. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 Bridgerton season two broke records as the biggest opening weekend for any English-speaking show in Netflix history with over 193 million hours viewed that weekend, according to a Netflix press release last week. NBC News, 8 Apr. 2022 In the single-cam pilot, Nell Stevens (Rodriguez) is broke, newly single and feeling old. Joe Otterson, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broke. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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

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Medical Definition of broke

past of break

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Legal Definition of broke

past of break

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