from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of break.
  • v. Nonstandard A past participle of break.
  • adj. Informal Bankrupt.
  • adj. Informal Lacking funds: "Following the election, the Democrats were demoralized, discredited, and broke” ( Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking money; bankrupt
  • adj. Broken.
  • v. Simple past of break.
  • v. Past participle of break

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of break.
  • intransitive v. To transact business for another.
  • intransitive v. To act as procurer in love matters; to pimp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To transact business for another in trade; act as agent in buying and selling and other commercial business; carry on the business of a broker.
  • To act as a go-between or procurer in love matters; pimp.
  • To transact business by means of an agent.
  • A Middle English form of brook.
  • n. Preterit and (with broken) past participle of break.
  • n. A breach.
  • n. An obsolete form of brook.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking funds


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  • Why would I …, Alek began, but then his expression broke into a smile.


  • A door slamming and voices below calling my name broke through my stupor, and prompted me to struggle to a sitting position.

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  • Something in her expression broke when I said that.

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  • Note the way the word broke into two spellings: the verb broach, meaning to “open up, introduce, address,” and the noun brooch, meaning “an ornamental pin sticking through a garment.”

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  • And his son, perhaps his grandson, will become what you call broke; will from lack of pressure to learn some useful art, and from spending only, become useless and helpless.

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  • Medecin sans Frontieres (MSF a. k.a Doctors Without Borders) was born in 1971 when it broke from the International Committee of the Red Cross because the ICRC had balked at aid that might benefit the rebels.

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  • I enjoy using this as a past participle in certain social contexts. (Picked it up while working IT one summer.)

    December 18, 2010