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(used with a plural verb) a low-lying region in E England, in Norfolk and Suffolk: bogs and marshy lakes. Unabridged
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Broads (brɔːdz)
pl n
1.  a group of shallow navigable lakes, connected by a network of rivers, in E England, in Norfolk and Suffolk
2.  the region around these lakes: a tourist centre; several bird sanctuaries

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Word Origin & History

O.E. brad "broad, flat, open, extended," from P.Gmc. *braithaz (cf. O.Fris. bred, O.N. breiðr, Du. breed, Ger. breit, Goth. brouþs), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic languages. No clear distinction in sense from wide. Slang extension to meaning "woman"
(1911) may be suggestive of broad hips, but it also may trace to Amer.Eng. abroadwife, for a woman away from her husband, often a slave. Earliest use suggests immorality or coarse, low-class women. Because of this negative association, and the rise of women's athletics, the track and field broad jump was changed to the long jump c.1967. Related: Broadly.
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