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 Five places tied or broke high temperature records for Feb. 11, according to the National Weather Service. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Heat wave: Bay Area’s temps break records, soar above 80 degrees," 11 Feb. 2020 Many of the animators behind the onscreen magic are broke and face working conditions that can lead to burnout and even suicide. Eric Margolis, Vox, "The dark side of Japan’s anime industry," 2 July 2019 The 24-hour race broke records, kicked ass, and featured 280 consecutive laps of green-flag battles. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "The Rolex 24 at Daytona in Photos," 28 Jan. 2020 At the time, Haleyi was a broke young assistant from England, looking for Weinstein’s help getting a job. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Opening Statements in the Harvey Weinstein Trial and the Undermining of #MeToo," 23 Jan. 2020 From Queens is just as much a family sitcom as a broke-millennial-female-stoner comedy. Judy Berman, Time, "Awkwafina Takes the Asian-American Entertainment Renaissance to New Heights in Nora From Queens," 16 Jan. 2020 Little Giants and his TD pass to Charlie Gantt vs. Notre Dame in 2010 was the play that started everything and signified Dantonio’s go-for-broke style. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football all-decade team: Who were the Spartans' best of the 2010s?," 25 Dec. 2019 Porter who was never good with money and routinely walked the line of being dead broke, always maintained his innocence. Patrick Sauer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’," 24 Dec. 2019 Taking the small profit instead of going broke by being over aggressive was another step in Lock’s development. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos QB Drew Lock’s development gained another step against Lions’ defense: Patience," 23 Dec. 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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“Broke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broke?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=break002. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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broke

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of broke

informal : not having any money

broke

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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