Meaning of “broken” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈbrəʊkən/
Extra Examples
His leg's broken in two places.He nailed some boards across the broken window.He tried the door, but the handle was broken.My watch is broken - can you fix it?The lift was broken so we had to climb six flights of stairs.

A2 damaged and separated into pieces:

broken glass
→ Opposite unbroken
a broken arm/leg, etc

A2 an arm/leg, etc with a damaged bone


A2 If a machine or piece of equipment is broken, it is not working:

The DVD player's broken.
a broken heart

B2 great sadness because someone you love has ended a relationship with you

a broken home

a family in which the parents do not now live together

a broken promise

a promise that has not been kept

broken English/Spanish, etc

English/Spanish, etc that is spoken slowly and has a lot of mistakes in it

(Definition of “broken adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)