1 [brohg]

1680–90; perhaps special use of brogue2

broguery, noun Unabridged


2 [brohg]
a durable, comfortable, low-heeled shoe, often having decorative perforations and a wing tip.
a coarse, usually untanned leather shoe once worn in Ireland and Scotland.

1580–90; < Irish brōg shoe, Old Irish brōce; cognate with L. brācae trousers < Gaulish; see breech


3 [brohg]
noun Scot.
a fraud; trick; prank.

1530–40; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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brogue1 (brəʊɡ)
a broad gentle-sounding dialectal accent, esp that used by the Irish in speaking English
[C18: probably from brogue², alluding to the footwear of the peasantry]

brogue2 (brəʊɡ)
1.  a sturdy walking shoe, often with ornamental perforations
2.  an untanned shoe worn formerly in Ireland and Scotland
[C16: from Irish Gaelic bróg boot, shoe, probably from Old Norse brōk leg covering]

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Word Origin & History

type of Celtic accent, 1705, perhaps from the meaning "rough, stout shoe" worn by rural Irish and Scottish highlanders (1580s), via Gaelic or Irish, from O.Ir. broce "shoe," thus originally meaning something like "speech of those who call a shoe a brogue." Or perhaps it is from O.Ir. barrog "a hold"
(on the tongue).
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Example sentences
Her coworker pointed out, in a thick brogue, that she had failed to press the sign of the cross into the top before cooking it.
Along the way, there is much kicking around of the brogue by all and sundry.
He talked with a perceptible, but not pronounced, brogue.
When he became excited, however, this brogue grow thicker.
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