Overbroad



[brawd] /brɔd/

adjective, broader, broadest.
1.
of great :
The river was too broad to swim across.
2.
measured from side to side:
The desk was three feet broad.
3.
of great extent; large:
the broad expanse of ocean.
4.
widely diffused; open; full:
We awoke to broad daylight.
5.
not limited or narrow; of extensive range or scope:
A modern doctor must have a broad knowledge of medicine.
6.
liberal; tolerant:
A broad interpretation of the law tempers justice with mercy.
7.
main or general:
the broad outlines of a subject.
8.
plain or clear:
Her remark was a broad hint of her feelings.
9.
bold; plain-spoken.
10.
indelicate; indecent:
He smirked at the broad joke.
11.
(of conversation) rough; countrified.
12.
unconfined; free; unrestrained:
It was a hilarious evening of broad mirth.
13.
(of pronunciation) strongly dialectal:
He wore kilts and had a broad Scots accent.
14.
Phonetics. (of a transcription) using one basic symbol to represent each phoneme.
15.
broad a, the a- sound
[ah] /ɑ/ (Show IPA) when used in lieu of the more common a- sound
[a] /æ/ (Show IPA) in such words as half, can’t, and laugh.
adverb
16.
fully:
He was broad awake.
noun
17.
the broad part of anything.
18.
Slang.

19.
Often, broads. Movies, Television. an incandescent or fluorescent lamp used as a general source of light in a studio.
20.
a gold coin of England and Scotland, issued by James I and Charles I and equal to 20 shillings.
Compare , .
Idioms
21.
broad on the beam, Nautical. bearing 90° to the heading of a vessel.
22.
broad on the bow, Nautical. bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.
23.
broad on the quarter, Nautical. bearing 135° to the heading of a vessel.
/brɔːd/
adjective
1.
having relatively great breadth or width
2.
of vast extent; spacious: a broad plain
3.
(postpositive) from one side to the other: four miles broad
4.
of great scope or potential: that invention had broad applications
5.
not detailed; general: broad plans
6.
clear and open; full (esp in the phrase broad daylight)
7.
obvious or plain: broad hints
8.
liberal; tolerant: a broad political stance
9.
widely spread; extensive: broad support
10.
outspoken or bold: a broad manner
11.
vulgar; coarse; indecent: a broad joke
12.
unrestrained; free: broad laughter
13.
(of a dialect or pronunciation) consisting of a large number of speech sounds characteristic of a particular geographical area: a broad Yorkshire accent
14.
(finance) denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks’ till money and balances, most private-sector bank deposits, and sterling bank-deposit certificates: broad money Compare narrow (sense 7)
15.
(phonetics)

16.
as broad as it is long, amounting to the same thing; without advantage either way
noun
17.
the broad part of something
18.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian)

19.
(Brit, dialect) a river spreading over a lowland See also Broads
20.
(East Anglian, dialect) a shallow lake
21.
a wood-turning tool used for shaping the insides and bottoms of cylinders
adverb
22.
widely or fully: broad awake
adj.

Old English brad “broad, flat, open, extended,” from Proto-Germanic *braithaz (cf. Old Frisian bred, Old Norse breiðr, Dutch breed, German breit, Gothic brouþs), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic languages. No clear distinction in sense from wide. Related: Broadly. Broad-brim as a style of hat (1680s, broad-brimmed) in 18c.-19c. suggested “Quaker male” from their characteristic attire.
n.

“woman,” slang, 1911, perhaps suggestive of broad (adj.) hips, but it also might trace to American English abroadwife, word for a woman (often a slave) away from her husband. Earliest use of the slang word suggests immorality or coarse, low-class women. Because of this negative association, and the rise of women’s athletics, the track and field broad jump was changed to the long jump c.1967.

noun

[1910+; probably from the notion ”broad in the beam”]

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