abroach

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abroche, from Guernésiais, from Old French abroche (to spigot). Equivalent to a- +‎ broach.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

abroach (third-person singular simple present abroaches, present participle abroaching, simple past and past participle abroached)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.

Adverb[edit]

abroach (not comparable)

  1. Broached; in a condition for letting out or yielding liquor, as a cask which is tapped. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).][1]
  2. In a state to be diffused or propagated; afoot; astir. [First attested in the early 16th century.][1]
    • Mischiefs that I set abroach. - Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii

Adjective[edit]

abroach (not comparable)

  1. Tapped; broached. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).][1]
  2. Astir; moving about. [First attested in the early 16th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8