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A heavy, ankle-high work shoe.

[Irish Gaelic brógan, diminutive of bróg, brogue; see brogue1.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a heavy laced usually ankle-high work boot
[C19: from Gaelic brōgan a little shoe, from brōg shoe; see brogue2]


(ˈbroʊ gən)

a heavy, sturdy shoe, esp. an ankle-high work shoe.
[1845–50; < Irish brógán, diminutive of bróg shoe; see brogue2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brogan - a thick and heavy shoebrogan - a thick and heavy shoe    
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
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When I was a boy in a printing-office in Missouri, a loose-jointed, long-legged, tow-headed, jeans-clad countrified cub of about sixteen lounged in one day, and without removing his hands from the depths of his trousers pockets or taking off his faded ruin of a slouch hat, whose broken rim hung limp and ragged about his eyes and ears like a bug-eaten cabbage leaf, stared indifferently around, then leaned his hip against the editor's table, crossed his mighty brogans, aimed at a distant fly from a crevice in his upper teeth, laid him low, and said with composure:
He saw that her toil-worn, weather-exposed hands were like a man's, callused, large-knuckled, and gnarled, and that her stockingless feet were thrust into heavy man's brogans.
Now, Captain Oudouse had lost all his clothes, except his shoes, and they were heavy brogans.
They were Chinese, with expressionless, Sphinx-like faces, and they walked in peculiar shambling fashion, dragging their feet as if the clumsy brogans were too heavy for their lean shanks.
He was clad in faded overalls and black cotton shirt, with hobnailed brogans on his feet, and on his head a hat whose shapelessness and stains advertised the rough usage of wind and rain and sun and camp-smoke.
The heavy brogans on the man's feet made him appear clumsy-footed, but he swung down from the giddy height as lightly and airily as a mountain goat.
A pair of workman's brogans encased my feet, and for trousers I was furnished with a pair of pale blue, washed-out overalls, one leg of which was fully ten inches shorter than the other.
Mark Brogan is the epitome of what participation in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is all about, and Sunny is an unforgettable representative of all our loved ones who serve in silence," said National Commander Wallace E.
Huddersfield magistrates heard yesterday how Darren Brogan had been arrested on Gisbourne Road in Bradley in possession of a loaded and cocked crossbow that was ready to fire.
Back in April 1979, I revealed in the Western Mail that former leading Irish National Hunt jockey Barry Brogan had fallen on hard times and was working as a stable lad in a small South Wales permit holder's yard.
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Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life by Hugh Brogan (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006).