adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan to break Date: 13th century 1. violently separated into parts ; shattered 2. damaged or altered by breaking: as a. having undergone or been subjected to fracture <
a broken leg
b. of land surfaces being irregular, interrupted, or full of obstacles c. violated by transgression <
a broken promise
d. discontinuous, interrupted e. disrupted by change f. of a tulip flower having an irregular, streaked, or blotched pattern especially from virus infection 3. a. made weak or infirm b. subdued completely ; crushed, sorrowful <
a broken heart
a broken spirit
c. bankrupt d. reduced in rank 4. a. cut off ; disconnected b. imperfectly spoken or written <
broken English
5. not complete or full <
a broken bale of hay
6. disunited by divorce, separation, or desertion of one parent <
children from broken homes
a broken family
brokenly adverbbrokenness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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