- A strong dialectal accent, especially a strong Irish accent
- A strong oxford shoe, usually with ornamental perforations and wing tips
- (formerly) A heavy shoe of untanned leather
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BROGUE. A particular kind of shoe without a heel,
worn in Ireland, and figuratively used to signify the
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Brogue (&?;), n. [Ir. & Gael. brog
shoe, hoof.] 1. A stout, coarse shoe; a
&fist; In the Highlands of Scotland, the ancient brogue was made of
horsehide or deerskin, untanned or tenned with the hair on, gathered round
the ankle with a thong. The name was afterward given to any shoe worn as a
part of the Highland costume.
Clouted brogues, patched brogues; also, brogues
studded with nails. See under Clout, v.
2. A dialectic pronunciation; esp. the Irish manner
of pronouncing English.
Or take, Hibernis, thy still ranker brogue.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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