broken-down

adjective

bro·​ken-down ˈbrō-kən-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce broken-down (audio)
: worn-out, debilitated
a broken-down old car

Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broken-down was in 1727

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“Broken-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broken-down. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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broken-down

adjective
bro·​ken-down
ˌbrō-kən-ˈdau̇n

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