1. physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
- a broken mirror
- a broken tooth
- a broken leg
2. not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
- broken lines of defense
- a broken cable transmission
- broken sleep
3. subdued or brought low in condition or status
- a broken man
- his broken spirit
4. (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded
- broken (or unkept) promises
- broken contracts
Similar word(s): unkept
5. tamed or trained to obey
- a horse broken to the saddle
- this old nag is well broken in
6. topographically very uneven
- broken terrain
7. imperfectly spoken or written
- broken English
Similar word(s): imperfect
8. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
- troops fleeing in broken ranks
9. weakened and infirm
- broken health resulting from alcoholism
Similar word(s): impaired
10. destroyed financially
- the broken fortunes of the family
11. out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')
- a broken washing machine
- the coke machine is broken
- broken clouds
- broken sunshine
Similar word(s): distributed
13. lacking a part or parts
- a broken set of encyclopedia
Sentences with broken as an adjective:
- My arm is broken!
- the ground was littered with broken bones
- A dog bit my leg and now the skin is broken.
- Tomorrow: broken skies.
- broken promises of neutrality, broken vows, the broken covenant
- I think my doorbell is broken.
- This is the most broken application I've seen in a long time.
- Oh man! That is just broken!
- The bankruptcy and divorce, together with the death of his son, left him completely broken.
1. past participle of break