Broached vs Brooched - What's the difference?

broached | brooched |

As verbs the difference between broached and brooched

is that broached is (broach) while brooched is (brooch).




  • (broach)

  • broach


    Etymology 1

    (etyl) broche, from


  • A series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel. (rfex)
  • (masonry) A broad chisel for stone-cutting.
  • A spit for cooking food.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • He turned a broach that had worn a crown.
  • An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers.
  • (Forby)
  • (architecture, UK, dialect) A spire rising from a tower.
  • A spit-like start on the head of a young stag.
  • The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping.
  • (Knight)
  • The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
  • Verb

  • To make a hole in, especially a cask of liquor, and put in a tap in order to draw the liquid.
  • To open, to make an opening into; to pierce.
  • French knights at Agincourt were unable to broach the English line.
  • (senseid) (figuratively) To begin discussion about (something).
  • I broached the subject of contraceptives carefully when the teenager mentioned his promiscuity.
  • * 1913 ,
  • Yet he was much too much scared of broaching any man, let alone one in a peaked cap, to dare to ask.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VI
  • I have tried on several occasions to broach the subject of my love to Lys; but she will not listen.

    Etymology 2



  • To be turned sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.
  • The small boat broached and nearly sank, because of the large waves.
  • To cause to turn sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.
  • To be overcome or submerged by a wave or surge of water.
  • Each time we came around into the wind, the sea broached our bow.




  • (brooch)

  • brooch


    (wikipedia brooch)


  • A piece of women’s ornamental jewellery having a pin allowing it to be fixed to garments worn on the upper body.
  • A painting all of one colour, such as a sepia painting.
  • Synonyms

    * breastpin


    * pin


  • To adorn as with a brooch.
  • References