Definition of brogan in English:



  • A coarse stout leather shoe reaching to the ankle.

    • ‘Is it possible to get Walkover brogans anywhere anymore?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘No, Michigan,’ I answered, noticing a vortex, or slight swirl of the fog, forming at his black leather brogans.’


Mid 19th century: from Irish brógán, Scottish Gaelic brógan, literally small brogue.