see also: Broad
  • (RP) IPA: /bɹɔːd/
  • (GA) IPA: /bɹɔd/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /bɹɑd/

broad (comparative broader, superlative broadest)

  1. Wide in extent or scope.
    three feet broad
    the broad expanse of ocean
  2. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
    • 1720, William Bartlet, a sermon
      broad and open day
    • May 12, 1860, Eliza Watson, Witches and witchcraft (in Once A Week, No. 46.)
      crushing the minds of its victims in the broad and open day
  3. Having a large measure of any thing or quality; unlimited; unrestrained.
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§140”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:
      a broad mixture of falsehood
  4. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
    • 1819, D. Daggett, Sturges v. Crowninshield
      The words in the Constitution are broad enough to include the case.
    • 1859, Edward Everett, Daniel Webster: An Oration On the Occasion of the Dedication of the Statue of Mr. Webster,
      in a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way
  5. Plain; evident.
    a broad hint
  6. (writing) Unsubtle; obvious.
  7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
      as broad and general as the casing air
  8. (dated) Gross; coarse; indelicate.
    a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humour
  9. (of an accent) Strongly regional.
  10. (Gaelic languages) Velarized, i.e. not palatalized.
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broad (plural broads)

  1. (UK) A shallow lake, one of a number of bodies of water in eastern Norfolk and Suffolk.
  2. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders.
  3. (UK, historical) A British gold coin worth 20 shillings, issued by the Commonwealth of England in 1656.

broad (plural broads)

  1. (dated) A prostitute, a woman of loose morals.
  2. (US, colloquial, slang, sometimes, dated, pejorative) A woman or girl.
    Who was that broad I saw you with?
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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