- adj. 宽的，辽阔的；显著的；大概的
- n. 宽阔部分
- adv. 宽阔地
- n. (Broad)人名；(英、德)布罗德
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词源不详。可能来自break, 分开。比较wide, 宽，来自PIE *wi, 分开，原义见widow, 寡妇。
- broad: [OE] Broad’s close relatives are widespread in the Germanic languages (German breit, for example, Dutch breed, and Swedish bred), pointing to a prehistoric Germanic ancestor *braithaz, but no trace of the word is found in any non-Germanic Indo-European language. The original derived noun was brede, which was superseded in the 16th century by breadth. The 20th-century American slang noun use ‘woman’ may come from an obsolete American compound broadwife, short for abroadwife, meaning ‘woman away from her husband’; this was a term applied to female slaves in relation to their new ‘masters’.
- broad (adj.)
- Old English brad "broad, flat, open, extended," from Proto-Germanic *braithaz (cognates: Old Frisian bred, Old Norse breiðr, Dutch breed, German breit, Gothic brouþs), which is 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.
- broad (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.
- 1. The hills rise green and sheer above the broad river.
- 2. It rapidly became apparent that rock'n'roll was a very broad church indeed.
- 3. A girl was attacked on a train in broad daylight.
- 4. The fat, broad tyres had a good depth of tread.
- 5. He was following a broad trail through the trees.
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