There are 2 main definitions of brogue in English:

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brogue 1

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Pronunciation: /brəʊɡ/

noun

1A strong outdoor shoe with ornamental perforated patterns in the leather.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1A 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).

Words that rhyme with brogue

disembogue, drogue, pirog, pirogue, prorogue, rogue, vogue

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brogue 2 Line breaks: brogue
Pronunciation: /brəʊɡ/

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
More example sentences
  • It seemed to be a mix between the English accent and the Irish brogue.
  • Instead of the melodious tones of an Irish brogue, the exaggerated drawl of an angry young man spat from the earpiece.
  • Irish people speak English with an accent known as a brogue.

Origin

Early 18th century: perhaps allusively from brogue1, referring to the rough footwear of Irish peasants.

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