imbroglio

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian imbroglio (tangle), from imbrogliare (to tangle), cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller (muddle, embroil), from em- (en-) + brouiller.

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Noun[edit]

imbroglio (plural imbroglios or imbrogli)

  1. a complicated situation; an entanglement

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  • The Italian plural imbrogli does not appear to be used in English.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian imbroglio (tangle), from imbrogliare (to tangle), cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller (muddle, embroil), from em- (en-) + brouiller.

Noun[edit]

imbroglio m (plural imbroglios)

  1. a complicated situation; an entanglement

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From imbrogliare (to tangle), cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller (muddle, embroil), from em- (en-) + brouiller.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /imˈbrɔʎʎo/
  • Hyphenation: im‧bro‧glio

Noun[edit]

imbroglio m (plural imbrogli)

  1. tangle, entanglement, muddle, scrape
  2. cheat, swindle, trick, diddle, fraud

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Verb[edit]

imbroglio

  1. first-person singular present indicative of imbrogliare