broke

1 of 2

past tense of break

broke

2 of 2

adjective

Example Sentences

Adjective She is broke and homeless. Can I borrow 10 dollars? I'm broke until payday.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But director Rebecca Frecknall’s hypnotic production goes for broke, slinging out almost all of Williams’ stage directions and simultaneously delivering both. David Benedict, Variety, 15 Jan. 2023 And Roku is going for broke in terms of screen sizes. Chris Welch, The Verge, 4 Jan. 2023 The Corvette, the Boxster, and the new more-powerful version of BMW's Z3, called the M roadster, are all-out, go-for-broke roadsters, the performance benchmarks. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, 30 Dec. 2022 Hooks could go for broke with the best of them, her Sweeney Sisters musical outings alongside Nora Dunn a throwback to Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer in the duo's channeling of over-the-top low-rent showbiz glitz. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2022 Some deaf people took to social media when news of the lawsuit (which was eventually settled) broke, calling for more alignment along racial lines between productions and those providing interpreting services. Ilaria Parogni, New York Times, 7 Jan. 2023 So did the simple kindness of others: seeing someone give money to a broke friend or assist a stranger on the street. Dacher Keltner, The Atlantic, 3 Jan. 2023 Phase two broke ground in November 2017 and is expected to be complete by 2026, said Woo. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, 21 Dec. 2022 These are also some of the most affordable light strips on our list, perfect for broke college students or parents who want to surprise them with a little something to brighten their space. Katie Melynn, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, alteration of broken

First Known Use

Adjective

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broke was in 1710

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Cite this Entry

“Broke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broke. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

broke

1 of 2

past of break

broke

2 of 2 adjective
ˈbrōk
: having no money : penniless

Medical Definition

broke

past of break

Legal Definition

broke

past of break

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