[broh-ker] /ˈbroʊ kər/
an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property.
a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.
verb (used with object)
to act as a broker for:
"to broker the sale of a house."
verb (used without object)
to act as a broker.
1350–1400; Middle English broco(u)r < Anglo-French broco(u)r, abrocour middleman, wine merchant; compare Old Provençal abrocador, perhaps based on Spanish alboroque gift or drink concluding a transaction (< Arabic al-burūk the gift, gratuity), with -ador < Latin -ātōr- -ator
Related forms
brokership, noun
subbroker, noun


[brohk] /broʊk/
a simple past tense of break.
Nonstandard. a past participle of break.
Archaic. a past participle of break.
without money; penniless.
Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
go broke,
  1. to become destitute of money or possessions.
  2. to go bankrupt:
    In that business people are forever going broke.
go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one's resources to the utmost.
1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun)
4, 5. insolvent, destitute, impoverished.
Example Sentences for broker
OR go talk to a broker and ask hus opinion on market direction.
In a famous moment in the case the broker said economists did not have a good record for prediction.
But technology has become a mainstay alongside the traditional marriage broker.
The secret to success is all about being an effective conduit, or broker.
We could talk to friends and families with a telephone and get stock prices by calling a broker before e-mail was invented.
Your mortgage broker should have told you everything that you needed for the closing.
The broker role must be naturally fulfilled flawlessly.
It can act as a broker between the rich world and the emerging world.
It also tracks and publishes the history of every loan it helps broker.
If your mortgage broker isn't in the ballpark, then you should get a new one.
British Dictionary definitions for broker
broke (brəʊk)
1.  the past tense of break
2.  informal having no money; bankrupt
3.  slang go for broke to risk everything in a gambling or other venture

broker (ˈbrəʊkə)
1.  an agent who, acting on behalf of a principal, buys or sells goods, securities, etc, in return for a commission: insurance broker
2.  (formerly) short for stockbroker
3.  a dealer in second-hand goods
4.  to act as a broker (in)
[C14: from Anglo-French brocour broacher (of casks, hence, one who sells, agent), from Old Northern French broquier to tap a cask, from broque tap of a cask; see broach1]

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Word Origin and History for broker
past tense and obsolete pp. of break (variant of broken); extension to "insolvent" is first recorded 1716 (broken, in this sense, is attested from 1590s). By coincidence, O.E. cognate broc meant, in addition to "that which breaks," "affliction, misery;" but that sense died out long before the current one began.
late 14c., from Anglo-Norm. brocour "small trader," from Anglo-Fr. abrokur "retailer of wine, tapster;" perhaps from Port. alborcar "barter," but more likely from O.Fr. brocheor, from brochier "to broach, tap, pierce (a keg)," from broche "pointed tool" (see broach (n.)), giving original sense of "wine dealer," hence "retailer, middleman, agent." In M.E., used contemptuously of peddlers and pimps. As a verb, implied by 1630s in brokering. Related: Brokered.
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broker definition

A financial agent or intermediary; a middleman.

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Entirely out of money; destitute (1660s+)


all hell broke loose, dead broke, flat broke, go broke, go for broke

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