broken-down


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bro·ken-down

(brō′kən-doun′)
adj.
1. Not in working order.
2. In poor condition, as from old age; infirm.

broken-down

adj
1. worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidated: a broken-down fence.
2. not in working order: a broken-down tractor.
3. (Medicine) physically or mentally ill

bro′ken-down′



adj.
1. dilapidated or infirm, as from age.
2. out of working order, as from use or age.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.broken-down - in deplorable conditionbroken-down - in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"
2.broken-down - not in working order; "had to push the broken-down car"; "a broken-down tractor fit only for children to play on"
unserviceable - not ready for service; "unserviceable equipment may be replaced"

broken-down

adjective not in working order, old, worn out, out of order, dilapidated, not functioning, out of commission, on the blink (slang), inoperative, kaput (informal), in disrepair, on the fritz (U.S. slang) a broken-down car

broken-down

adjective
Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations

broken-down

[ˈbrəʊkənˈdaʊn] ADJ [machine, car] → averiado, estropeado, descompuesto (Mex); [house] → destartalado, desvencijado

broken-down

[ˈbrəʊknˈdaʊn] adj (car) → in panne, rotto/a; (machine) → guasto/a, fuori uso; (house) → abbandonato/a, in rovina
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