Meaning of “broke” in the English Dictionary

"broke" in British English

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uk /brəʊk/ us /broʊk/

past simple of break

brokeadjective [ after verb ]

uk /brəʊk/ us /broʊk/ informal

without money:

I can't afford to go on holiday this year - I'm (flat) broke.
Many small businesses went broke (= lost all their money) during the recession.


(Definition of “broke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"broke" in American English

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us /broʊk/

broke (BREAK)

past simple of break


us /broʊk/ infml

broke adjective (POOR)

without money:

I can’t go to the movies – I’m flat broke.
Is Social Security going broke (= changing to a condition in which it has no money)?

(Definition of “broke” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"broke" in Business English

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brokeadj [ after verb ]

uk /brəʊk/ us informal

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING without money:

go broke Some of the merchants say they are unable to cut their expenses and are on the verge of going broke.
flat broke

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING used to emphasize that someone or something has no money at all:

A spokesman said that the credit crunch had left the company "flat broke".
go for broke

to risk everything in the hope of having great success

(Definition of “broke” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)