adjective Date: 1792 worn-out, debilitated <
a broken-down old car

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  • broken-down — adj not working or in very bad condition ▪ a broken down truck …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • broken-down — adjective no longer working or in good condition: broken down machinery …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Broken-down — (engl., spr. brōken daun), niedergebrochen (s.d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • broken-down — ► ADJECTIVE 1) worn out and dilapidated. 2) not working …   English terms dictionary

  • broken-down — [brō′kən doun΄] adj. 1. sick or worn out, as by old age or disease 2. out of order; useless …   English World dictionary

  • broken-down — adjective 1. in deplorable condition (Freq. 1) a street of bedraggled tenements a broken down fence a ramshackle old pier a tumble down shack • Syn: ↑bedraggled, ↑derelict, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • broken down — adj. shattered; out of working order, got ruined (e.g., Our dishwasher is broken down ; broken down car ); infirm, weak from illness or age (e.g., a broken down horse ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • broken-down — adjective 1) a broken down hotel Syn: dilapidated, run down, ramshackle, tumbledown, in disrepair, beat up, battered, crumbling, deteriorated, gone to rack and ruin; informal fleabag 2) a broken down car Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • broken-down — ADJ: usu ADJ n A broken down vehicle or machine no longer works because it has something wrong with it. ...a broken down car …   English dictionary

  • broken-down — /broh keuhn down /, adj. 1. shattered or collapsed, as with age; infirm. 2. having given way with use or age; out of working order: a broken down chair. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

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