broad

The adjective broad boasts an extensive — you might even say broad — array of subtly different meanings including wide, spacious, far-reaching, vague, and unsubtle.

It's kind of funny that the word broad can communicate such an expansive range of ideas since expansive is, in fact, a synonym for broad. This adjective can be used to describe actual physical spaces. A broad highway, for example, would be difficult to cross because of all the cars in the many lanes of the road. The word can also be used more figuratively. American history covers a broad range of topics and events. A broad-minded person is open to new ideas, while broad humor aims for a mass audience with obvious gags and stunts.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: broad

1
adj
having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
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n
slang term for a woman
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: broad
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adj having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

“a river two miles broad
broad shoulders”
“a broad river”
Synonyms:
wide
comprehensive
including all or everything
thick
not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
beamy
broad in the beam
bird's-eye, panoramic
as from an altitude or distance
broad-brimmed
(of hats) having a broad brim
deep
extending relatively far inward
fanlike
resembling a fan
sweeping
taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination
wide-screen
(motion pictures) projected on a screen with much greater width than height
Antonyms:
narrow
not wide
narrow, narrow-minded
lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
limited
small in range or scope
thin
of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
constricting, constrictive, narrowing
(of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
narrowed
reduced in size as by squeezing together
narrow-mouthed
having a narrow mouth
slender, thin
very narrow
strait
narrow
straplike
long and narrow like a strap
narrowing, tapered, tapering
becoming gradually narrower
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adj very large in expanse or scope

“a broad lawn”
Synonyms:
spacious, wide
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

adj broad in scope or content

“an invention with broad applications”
Synonyms:
across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wide
comprehensive
including all or everything

adj being at a peak or culminating point

broad daylight”
Synonyms:
full
high
greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount

adj not detailed or specific

“a broad rule”
“the broad outlines of the plan”
Synonyms:
unspecific
general
applying to all or most members of a category or group

adj lacking subtlety; obvious

“gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave”
Synonyms:
unsubtle
clear
readily apparent to the mind

adj (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional

“a broad southern accent”
Synonyms
noticeable
capable or worthy of being perceived

adj showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

“a broad political stance”
“generous and broad sympathies”
Synonyms:
large-minded, liberal, tolerant
broad-minded
inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
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n slang term for a woman

“a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch”
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
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