One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coarse stout leather shoe reaching to the ankle.
- ‘GI Joe's field boots were basically wartime versions of the rugged brogans familiar to farm labourers and other working stiffs who spent a lot of time on their feet.’
- ‘‘No, Michigan,’ I answered, noticing a vortex, or slight swirl of the fog, forming at his black leather brogans.’
- ‘Is it possible to get Walkover brogans anywhere anymore?’
- ‘Exceptions include a deliciously carefree little girl who has leaped high into the air despite her cumbersome skirt and heavy brogans.’
- ‘I keep a photo of him on my desk at age six or seven, decked out in overalls and brogans, clutching in his hands a bunch of potatoes from the garden.’
Mid 19th century: from Irish brógán, Scottish Gaelic brógan, literally ‘small brogue’.
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