English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

Definitions of broach

broach1 (brəʊtʃ



  1. (transitive) to initiate (a topic) for discussion   ⇒  ■ to broach a dangerous subject
  2. (transitive) to tap or pierce (a container) to draw off (a liquid)   ⇒  ■ to broach a cask,   ⇒  ■ to broach wine
  3. (transitive) to open in order to begin to use   ⇒  ■ to broach a shipment
  4. (intransitive) to break the surface of the water   ⇒  ■ the trout broached after being hooked
  5. (transitive) (machinery) to enlarge and finish (a hole) by reaming



  1. a long tapered toothed cutting tool for enlarging holes
  2. a spit for roasting meat, etc
  3. a roof covering the corner triangle on the top of a square tower having an octagonal spire
  4. a pin, forming part of some types of lock, that registers in the hollow bore of a key
  5. a tool used for tapping casks
  6. a less common spelling of brooch

Derived Forms

ˈbroacher  noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French broche, from Vulgar Latin brocca (unattested), from Latin brochus projecting


View thesaurus entry
= bring up, approach, introduce, mention, speak of, talk of, open up, hint at, touch on, raise the subject of
= open, crack, pierce, puncture, uncork

broach2 (brəʊtʃ



  1. (nautical) (usually followed by to) to cause (a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously or (of a sailing vessel) to swerve sharply and dangerously in a following sea, so as to be broadside to the waves

Word Origin

C18: perhaps from broach1 in obsolete sense of turn on a spit

Translations for 'broach'

  • British English: broach When you broach a subject, especially a sensitive one, you mention it in order to start a discussion on it. VERBEventually I broached the subject of her early life.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abordar
  • Chinese: 提出
  • European Spanish: abordar
  • French: aborder
  • German: anschneiden
  • Italian: affrontarediscorso
  • Japanese: 切り出す
  • Korean: > 꺼내다화제를
  • Portuguese: abordar
  • Spanish: abordar

Example Sentences Including 'broach'

The worry was how to broach the subject without hurting her feelings.
Fraser, Anthea The Gospel Makers
It seemed as good a moment as any to broach the subject of that little excursion Matthew had proposed for the next day.
Hinxman, Margaret The Sound of Murder
On the aircraft over he had decided to broach the issue in private to the Attorney General.
Seymour, Gerald Field of Blood


Log in to comment on this word.