from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Bankrupt.
  • adjective Lacking funds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Preterit and (with broken) past participle of break.
  • noun A breach.
  • noun An obsolete form of brook.
  • A Middle English form of brook.
  • To transact business for another in trade; act as agent in buying and selling and other commercial business; carry on the business of a broker.
  • To act as a go-between or procurer in love matters; pimp.
  • To transact business by means of an agent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. & p. p. of break.
  • intransitive verb rare To transact business for another.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To act as procurer in love matters; to pimp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective informal Lacking money; bankrupt
  • adjective informal Broken.
  • verb Simple past of break.
  • verb Past participle of break

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking funds


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  • I enjoy using this as a past participle in certain social contexts. (Picked it up while working IT one summer.)

    December 18, 2010