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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brogan, brogue, clodhopper, work shoenoun

    a thick and heavy shoe

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Broguenoun

    Etymology: brog, Irish.

    I thought he slept; and put
    My clouted brogues from off my feet, whose rudeness
    Answer’d my steps too loud. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Sometimes it is given out, that we must either take three halfpence, or eat our brogues. Jonathan Swift.


  1. brogue

    A brogue is a strong accent associated with the speech of a specific regional dialect, particularly associated with Irish or Scottish accents. It can also refer to a type of thick, heavy shoe, originally worn in Ireland and Scotland, often characterized by ornamental perforated patterns in the leather.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broguenoun

    a stout, coarse shoe; a brogan

  2. Brogueverb

    a dialectic pronunciation; esp. the Irish manner of pronouncing English


  1. Brogue

    The term brogue generally refers to an Irish accent. Less commonly it may also refer to certain other regional forms of English, in particular those of Scotland or the English West Country. The word was first recorded in 1689. Multiple etymologies have been proposed: it may derive from the Irish bróg, the type of shoe traditionally worn by the people of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, and hence possibly originally meant "the speech of those who call a shoe a 'brogue'". It is also possible that the term comes from the Irish word barróg, meaning "a hold", thus "accent" or "speech impediment". A famous false etymology states that the word stems from the supposed perception that the Irish spoke English so peculiarly that it was as if they did so "with a shoe in their mouths".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brogue

    brōg, n. a stout coarse shoe: a dialect or manner of pronunciation, esp. the Irish. [Ir. and Gael. brog, a shoe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brogue in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brogue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of brogue in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Semmelhack:

    I think of it as a transformer shoe: it's a business brogue in the midst of being transformed into a sneaker, it just speaks to what is a very transformative moment in men's fashion.

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