Main definitions of brogue in English

: brogue1brogue2

brogue1

noun

  • 1A strong outdoor shoe with ornamental perforated patterns in the leather.

    • ‘Boris's black brogues look in need of re-soling.’
    • ‘Finding out that nobody wants high quality hand-stitched brogues anymore, Charlie realises that a change of product is needed.’
    • ‘Men expect to see the return of the pointy-toe brogues with a thick leather sole, as well as the Chelsea boot to polish your mod style.’
    • ‘He stood outside, briskly polishing the insteps of his brogues.’
    • ‘At family gatherings Vik is always immaculately groomed: blazer, brogues, wavy hair-sprayed coiffure.’
    • ‘Expecting a Gaelic romp in the woods, Judge George Hatch bought a brand new pair of brogues.’
    • ‘They run a shoe shop, which is a front for a drugs operation, with Angela delivering the ‘goods’ inside pairs of stilettos and brogues, seemingly unnoticed by the local constabulary.’
    • ‘Where once ballet slippers, car shoes, moccasins and brogues were once boringly themselves, now they've somehow interbred, jollied up and produced a new generation of lightened-up fashion ideas.’
    • ‘Brendan Howlin: get a woolly hat, warm coat, mittens and stout brogues to keep him warm in the gulags.’
    • ‘Big brogues aren't exactly a high-fashion footwear item these days, but then neither are those tawdry tan shoes with tacky pink shoelaces!’
    • ‘That morning he rose at sunrise and stepped into trousers and brogues in the tea-colored light.’
    • ‘Other accessories include beards and sideburns (confirming that hairy faces are back) and for your feet there's desert boots, brogues and Chelsea boots for extra comfy rambling.’
    • ‘She kept her hair short, wore men's tailored suits and brogues.’
    • ‘It seems Patsy has forgotten to change his boots, and is still wearing his work brogues!’
    • ‘He eschews the uniform of the boardroom boss, preferring sports jackets and casual boots to the traditional Savile Row suit and handmade brogues.’
    • ‘Of course, doffing my hobnailed leather brogues for a bit of fresh air in the middle of the aerodrome probably didn't endear me to the locals.’
    • ‘The first was a fine gold Tissot, bequeathed to me by my Uncle Harold, along with a venerable pair of tan brogues.’
    • ‘In fact, Gilbert seems more upset when a mugger robs him of his favourite pair of brogues.’
    • ‘Shoes are now considered to be one of, if not the most important part of an outfit, be they stilettos, brogues, cowboy boots or sneakers.’
    • ‘If you had called into my humble newsagent to instruct me in person I could have licked your brogues and sent my youngest out with a chamois leather to wash your Range Rover.’
    1. 1.1 A rough shoe of untanned leather, formerly worn in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic and Irish bróg, from Old Norse brók (related to breech).

Pronunciation

brogue

/brəʊɡ/

Main definitions of brogue in English

: brogue1brogue2

brogue2

noun

  • A marked accent, especially Irish or Scottish, when speaking English.

    ‘a fine Irish brogue’
    mass noun ‘a sweet lilt of brogue in her voice’
    • ‘I heard my mum on the other end, her Irish brogue more noticeable than when I had left.’
    • ‘Her mother was white Irish, and while she was clearly of African descent, Lydia spoke with an Irish brogue and carried herself like a fine white lady, as her white Irish grandmother had raised her to do.’
    • ‘She saw him turn to a Lord near him, his Irish brogue fainter than it had been years before due to years of tutoring under English professors.’
    • ‘Right from the outset, even if you ignored his Irish brogue, when you hear that he was born in Limerick, you would know he is Irish - and that's the Republic of Ireland he hastened to tell me.’
    • ‘Irish people speak English with an accent known as a brogue.’
    • ‘Several witnesses related the story of that operation, usually with an Irish brogue to enhance the color of Madden's bravado.’
    • ‘For example, as he grew drunker in the final act, he began to slip back into the Irish brogue that he told us he had worked so hard to erase.’
    • ‘The use of exaggerated dialect in ‘Down Shamrock Alley’ as representation of the Irish brogue helps to satirize and parody the new ethnic community of the Irish.’
    • ‘A father to two sons and the keeper of a large but modest house, he speaks as little as possible - his voice reveals him as among the first generation to lose its Irish brogue.’
    • ‘It seemed to be a mix between the English accent and the Irish brogue.’
    • ‘He was born in Chicago in 1958 to immigrant parents; as the New York Times notes, his Irish brogue can be summoned depending on the occasion.’
    • ‘He may have a Dublin brogue and a very Irish sense of humour, but Mark Geary has found his home, and Ireland is not it.’
    • ‘She still had her Irish brogue and could dance with the best of them.’
    • ‘Instead of requiring the actor to disguise it, the director forces every other performer essaying a Greek or Macedonian role to have an Irish brogue.’
    • ‘The Irish brogue became more pronounced as the voice became more panic-stricken.’
    • ‘An Irish brogue greeted him but menace tainted his welcome.’
    • ‘‘Quite possibly,’ a red-haired man with an Irish brogue said.’
    • ‘‘First, I want you to bring out that blasted trash out of here,’ he said in his Irish brogue as he pointed at Manda.’
    • ‘Instead of the melodious tones of an Irish brogue, the exaggerated drawl of an angry young man spat from the earpiece.’
    • ‘Higgins, a small stout woman who usually speaks in a booming Irish brogue, nods silently.’
    pronunciation, intonation, enunciation, elocution, articulation, inflection, tone, modulation, cadence, timbre, utterance, manner of speaking, speech pattern, speech, diction, delivery
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Origin

Early 18th century: perhaps allusively from brogue, referring to the rough footwear of Irish peasants.

Pronunciation

brogue

/brəʊɡ/