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broach1 (brəʊtʃ Pronunciation for broach1



  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 Pronunciation for broach2



  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'

Davern and Jamieson both sound serious when they broach the subject of their aims for the record.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
Death is always a difficult subject to broach in a business interview, let alone murder.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Further, wind farms broach the principles of sustainability by leaving an indelible mark on the landscape.
Country Life (2004)
If you are going to broach the subject of attraction, make sure you're willing to be rejected on both fronts.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
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
Just as the drop procedure started Yendys went out of control and did broach.
Rob Mundle FATAL STORM (2001)
On the aircraft over he had decided to broach the issue in private to the Attorney General.
Seymour, Gerald Field of Blood
So declarer decided to broach hearts first, leading the ten of the suit at trick two (key play).
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The worry was how to broach the subject without hurting her feelings.
Fraser, Anthea The Gospel Makers


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