Definition of broken record in English:

broken record

(British stuck record)


  • Used, especially in similes, to refer to a person's constant and annoying repetition of a particular statement or opinion.

    ‘at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me repeat: it will be difficult to do well in the exam without attending classes regularly’
    ‘I know I'm a broken record on this, but once again, they are lying about the deficit’
    • ‘All the mainstream political parties have been playing the same stuck record for 40 years: More police, tougher penalties.’
    • ‘At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, please check the status of your smoke alarms.’
    • ‘All I got was a stuck record that repeated my misdemeanours in a tone of voice that left me in no doubt as to the dubiousness of my credentials, pedigree and character.’
    • ‘They said the minister's endless announcements made him sound like 'a broken record'.’
    • ‘"He just turned up the volume on a broken record," said the columnist.’
    • ‘The same gripes can be aired only so often before they start to sound like a broken record.’
    • ‘At the risk of sounding like a broken record, look back into the history.’
    • ‘Sorry to sound like a broken record.’
    • ‘Most importantly, I've discovered that a patient tone while reciting this broken record avoids the cascade of tears, injured looks, and sour faces caused by yelling.’


1940s: with reference to a scratched gramophone record that sticks at a particular point when played and constantly repeats the same passage.