broken
Pronunciation
  • enPR: brōk'ən, IPA: /ˈbɹəʊkən/
Verb
  1. past participle of break#English|break
Adjective

broken

  1. Fragmented, in separate pieces.
    1. (of a, bone or body part) Fractured; having the bone in pieces.
      My arm is broken!
      the ground was littered with broken bones
      One recent morning the team had to replace a broken weather research station.
    2. (of skin) Split or ruptured.
      A dog bit my leg and now the skin is broken.
    3. (of a, line) Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.
    4. (of sleep) Interrupted; not continuous.
      • 1906, Jack London, White Fang:
        Then the circle would lie down again, and here and there a wolf would resume its broken nap.
    5. (meteorology, of the sky) Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds; incompletely covered by clouds.
      Tomorrow: broken skies.
    6. (of a, melody) having periods of silence scattered throughout; not regularly continuous.
  2. (of a, promise, etc) Breached; violated; not kept.
    broken promises of neutrality
    broken vows
    the broken covenant
  3. Non-functional; not functioning properly.
    I think my doorbell is broken.
    1. (of an, electronic connection) Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic.
    2. (software, informal) Badly designed or implemented.
      This is the most broken application I've seen in a long time.
    3. (pejorative, of language) Grammatically non-standard, especially as a result of being produced by a non-native speaker.
    4. (colloquial, US, of a, situation) Not having gone in the way intended; saddening.
      Oh man! That is just broken!
  4. (of a, person) Completely defeated and dispirited; shattered; destroyed.
    The bankruptcy and divorce, together with the death of his son, left him completely broken.
    • quote en
  5. Having no money; bankrupt, broke.
  6. (of land) Uneven.
  7. (sports and gaming, of a tactic or option) Overpowered; overly powerful; too powerful.
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Broken
Proper noun
  1. (derogatory, slang) Torres Strait Creole.



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