Definition of


  1. (adj, all) physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
    a broken tooth
    a broken leg
    his neck is broken
  2. (adj, all) (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded
    broken contracts
  3. (adj, all) not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
    a broken cable transmission
    broken sleep
    tear off the stub above the broken line
    a broken note
    broken sobs
  4. (adj, all) lacking a part or parts
  5. (adj, all) discontinuous
    broken sunshine
  6. (adj, all) out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')
    the coke machine is broken
    the coke machine is busted
  7. (adj, all) destroyed financially
  8. (adj, all) weakened and infirm
  9. (adj, all) thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
    a confused mass of papers on the desk
    the small disordered room
    with everything so upset
  10. (adj, all) imperfectly spoken or written
  11. (adj, all) subdued or brought low in condition or status
    a broken man
    his broken spirit
  12. (adj, all) topographically very uneven
    rugged ground
  13. (adj, all) tamed or trained to obey
    this old nag is well broken in

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Broken


Origin of the word Broken

  1. pp. of break (v.). Broken-hearted (also brokenhearted) is attested from 1520s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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