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brogue1

[brohg] /broʊg/
noun
1.
an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English.
2.
any strong regional accent.
Origin of brogue1
1680-1690
1680-90; perhaps special use of brogue2
Related forms
broguery, noun

brogue2

[brohg] /broʊg/
noun
1.
a durable, comfortable, low-heeled shoe, often having decorative perforations and a wing tip.
2.
a coarse, usually untanned leather shoe once worn in Ireland and Scotland.
3.
Origin
1580-90; < Irish brōg shoe, Old Irish brōce; cognate with L. brācae trousers < Gaulish; see breech

brogue3

[brohg] /broʊg/
noun, Scot.
1.
a fraud; trick; prank.
Origin
1530-40; of uncertain origin
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  • It is a delight to hear one's mother tongue spoken with such careless precision, with just the suspicion of a brogue to it.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
  • Also introduced the brogue and the shamrock into the Emerald Isle.

  • My heart warms to the little ragamuffins in the street if they have a bit of the brogue.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
  • Patrick Fitzmaurice, brogue and all, was an Irish gentleman without a flaw.

  • Joe's forefathers were from the Isle of Erin, and although he had lost the brogue, he still retained some of their superstitions.

    Wild Western Scenes John Beauchamp Jones
British Dictionary definitions for brogue

brogue1

/brəʊɡ/
noun
1.
a broad gentle-sounding dialectal accent, esp that used by the Irish in speaking English
Word Origin
C18: probably from brogue², alluding to the footwear of the peasantry

brogue2

/brəʊɡ/
noun
1.
a sturdy walking shoe, often with ornamental perforations
2.
an untanned shoe worn formerly in Ireland and Scotland
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic bróg boot, shoe, probably from Old Norse brōk leg covering
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Word Origin and History for brogue
n.

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 Old Irish broce "shoe," thus originally meaning something like "speech of those who call a shoe a brogue." Or perhaps it is from Old Irish barrog "a hold" (on the tongue).

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