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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-brokeadjective

    lacking funds

    "`skint' is a British slang term"


  1. brokeadjective

    Lacking money; bankrupt

  2. brokeadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BROKEverb

    To transact business for others, or by others. It is used generally in reproach.

    Etymology: of uncertain etymology. Stephen Skinner seems inclined to derive it from to break, because broken men turn factors or brokers. Casanbon Casaubon , from ϖϱὰττειν. Stephen Skinner thinks, again, that it may be contracted from procurer. Mr. Edward Lye more probably deduces it from bruccan, Sax. to be busy.

    He does, indeed,
    And brokes with all that can, in such a suit,
    Corrupt the tender honour of a maid. William Shakespeare.

    The gains of bargains are of a more doubtful nature, when men should wait upon other’s necessity; broke by servants and instruments to draw them on. Francis Bacon.


  1. broke

    Broke is a term used to describe a person or entity that is financially challenged or lacking sufficient funds. It typically refers to a state of being without money or having very limited financial resources.

Webster Dictionary

  1. broke

    of Break

  2. Broke

    of Break

  3. Brokeverb

    to transact business for another

  4. Brokeverb

    to act as procurer in love matters; to pimp

  5. Broke

    imp. & p. p. of Break


  1. Broke

    Broke is the second studio album by American punk rock band Hed PE. Released on August 22, 2000, the album expanded the band's sound to incorporate classic rock and world music influences. It peaked at #63 on the Billboard 200, and features the band's best known single, "Bartender", which peaked at #23 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and at #27 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and appeared on the retrospectives The Best of Hed Planet Earth and Major Pain 2 Indee Freedom: The Best of Hed P.E.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broke

    brōk, pa.t. and old pa.p. of Break.—p.adj. Brok′en, rent asunder: infirm: humbled or crushed: dispersed, routed: altered in direction: shattered in estate or position: incomplete, fragmentary: uncertain.—adjs. Brok′en-backed, having the back broken, applied to a ship so loosened in her frame as to droop at both ends; Brok′en-down, decayed, ruined in character or strength; Brok′en-heart′ed, crushed with grief: greatly depressed in spirit.—adv. Brok′enly.—ns. Brok′en-man, one under outlawry, esp. in the Highlands and Border country; Brok′en-meat, the leavings of a banquet; Brok′enness.—adj. Brok′en-wind′ed, having short breath or disordered respiration, as a horse.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BROKE

    A word expressing the ultimate condition of one who is too much bent on speculating.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. broke

    Sentence of a court-martial, depriving an officer of his commission.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. broke

    Sentence of a court-martial depriving an officer of his commission, or a non-commissioned officer or warrant-officer of his warrant. Also said of a non-commissioned officer being reduced by order.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Broke' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2049

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Broke' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1994

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Broke in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Broke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Broke in a Sentence

  1. Richard Richter Greg Ponciano:

    We’re right in the middle of rice country. The way the rice business goes is how the economy goes, three years of drought here has become the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  2. Julie Sullivan-Springhetti:

    The record breaking heat also broke records for calls for help. Emergency calls, visits to the emergency rooms, and calls for people and pets reached all-time highs, since the onset of the heat wave late last week, the BC Coroners Service has experienced a significant increase in deaths reported where it is suspected that extreme heat has been contributory.

  3. Bruce Zagaris:

    The Palestinians are broke.

  4. Duncan Avery:

    We broke down in tears, how could two kids in 14 days have the exact same tumor? How does that happen?

  5. Chuck Wexler:

    Did they use the fact they were police officers to gain access in some way ? That would be highly problematic. Did they go into the building and follow others who broke into the building ? That would be highly problematic and could cost them their job.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    A ectomorphic
    B omnifarious
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