- The characteristic of being broken.
Variant of broken
Origin of brokenMiddle English ; from Old English brocen, past participle of brecan, break
- split or cracked into pieces; splintered, fractured, burst, etc.
- not in working condition; out of order: a broken watch
- not kept or observed; violated: a broken promise
- disrupted, as by divorce: a broken home
- sick, weakened, or beaten: broken health, a broken spirit
- not even or continuous; interrupted: broken terrain, broken tones
- not complete: a broken set of Shakespeare's works
- imperfectly spoken, esp. with reference to grammar and syntax: broken English
- subdued and trained; tamed
- Informal demoted in rank