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brogue1

[brohg] /broʊg/
noun
1.
an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English.
2.
any strong regional accent.
Origin
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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Examples from the web for brogue
  • 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.
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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