(adjective, verb)


1. physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split

- a broken mirror

- a broken tooth

- a broken leg

Similar word(s): damaged, injured, imperfect, unsound

2. not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly

- broken lines of defense

- a broken cable transmission

- broken sleep

Similar word(s): dashed, dotted, fitful, interrupted, halting, discontinuous, noncontinuous

3. subdued or brought low in condition or status

- a broken man

- his broken spirit

Similar word(s): humble, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low

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

Similar word(s): tame, tamed

6. topographically very uneven

- broken terrain

Similar word(s): rough, unsmooth, rugged

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

Similar word(s): disorganised, disorganized, confused, disordered, upset

9. weakened and infirm

- broken health resulting from alcoholism

Similar word(s): impaired

10. destroyed financially

- the broken fortunes of the family

Similar word(s): destroyed, impoverished

11. out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')

- a broken washing machine

- the coke machine is broken

Similar word(s): damaged, busted

12. discontinuous

- broken clouds

- broken sunshine

Similar word(s): distributed

13. lacking a part or parts

- a broken set of encyclopedia

Similar word(s): incomplete, uncomplete

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