- a simple past tense of .
- Nonstandard. a past participle of .
- Archaic. a past participle of .
- without money; penniless.
- Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
- brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
- go broke,
- to become destitute of money or possessions.
- to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
- go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one’s resources to the utmost.
- the past tense of
- informal having no money; bankrupt
- go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
past tense and obsolete past participle of broken in this sense is attested from 1590s). Old English cognate broc meant, in addition to “that which breaks,” “affliction, misery.”(v.); extension to “insolvent” is first recorded 1716 (
see flat broke; go broke; go for (broke); if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Also see under break.