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- Rhymes: -ɔɪdə(r)
Middle English embroudren, frequentative of embrouden, from Anglo-Norman embrouder, intensive of brosder, brouder (compare Guernésiais broudaïr), from Old Dutch *brosdōn, blend of *bursta ‘bristle’ and *brordōn ‘to stitch’ (compare Old High German brortōn). More at bristle and brad.
- To stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread of various colours.
- (figuratively) To add imaginary detail to a narrative to make it more interesting or acceptable.
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