1. (US Und.) a female confederate.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 19: broad [...] Current amongst genteel grafters chiefly. A female confederate [...] Broad is derived from the far-fetched metaphor for ‘meal ticket,’ signifying a female provider for a pimp, from the fanciful correspondence of a meal ticket to a railroad or other ticket, which latter originally was exclusively used by ‘gonifs’ to indicate ‘broad’ or a conductor’s hat check.|
2. (mainly US) a prostitute.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 19: broad [...] a woman of loose morals.|
|Manhattan Transfer 94: Now we go up Bowery Street look at broads. Me pay.|
|Eve. News (Rockhampton, Qld) 27 May 3/1: A revolver is called a ‘gat’ in many circles; and the Americanisms, ‘spade’ (a negro) and ‘broad’ (a woman) are commonly used in Sydney.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 157: You’re giving my jack to those other broads of yours.|
|Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1948) 115: I read that book. Had one of those unhappy endings to it. Only had one dame in it and she was a broad.|
|USA Confidential 169: Cocktail lounges and strip-joints, all equipped with B-girls and other hussies, and yet the sea-dogs seldom come. The lonesome broads sit by themselves.|
|Crime in S. Afr. 83: The place was dimly lit and the air reeked of rot-gut whisky, male sweat, and cheap perfume, which ineffectually hid the female perspiration of Coloured ‘broads’ playing White, and of ‘White’ girls playing Native for the night.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 49: Some dumb spic broad hustling a guy who’s probably too stupid to know she’s on junk.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 75: That night I’m not interested in no broads.|
|(con. 1964–73) Bloods (1985) 26: A little Coke girl would show up with Coca-Cola. And also some broads would show.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 272: I was just wonderin’, was it you who chilled them broads?|
|Guardian Guide 13–19 May 52: ‘Skells’ and ‘broads’ proliferate.|
3. (orig. US) a woman; the implication is of promiscuity.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 20: I caught Harry using my phone yesterday and took the message myself—she was some broad too.in Zwilling|
|Little Caesar (1932) 79: Of course he stepped out with other broads occasionally.|
|Limey 35: Lay off the broads (keep away from the girls), Limey, or you’ll sure be in lots o’ trouble.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 9: Here on Eighth Avenue [...] a gentleman is a fellow who calls a woman a broad instead of something else.|
|World of Paul Slickey Act II: Listen and tremble all you swinging chicks and broads.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 34: If all that broad has got in her trunk is clothes, she has teamed up with that slim stud.|
|Animal Factory 48: I’ve forgotten what broads look like.|
|Skin Tight 26: You sent that broad? I thought she just showed up.|
|Guardian Weekend 28 Aug. 3: That society broad who turns down a suitor with the words, ‘No, darling, I only sleep with the first 11’.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 40: Wit his horn in his hand and on his arm a sealskin-brown broad.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 30: Don’t blow it all on one broad, the money.|
4. (US Und.) in cards, the queen.
|Wise-crack Dict. 6/1: Broad – [...] queen in a card skin game.|
5. (US prison, also broadski) an effeminate male homosexual, often a prostitute; thus broad squad, a ‘team’ of homosexuals.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Joint (1972) 45: If you wasn’t a broad I’d stomp yuh!Ex Post Facto in|
|Huncke’s Journal (1998) 14: When any new young boys or fags or broads appear on the scene, Cuba is the first to know.in|
|On the Yard (2002) 253: ‘I hear you latched on to a broadski.’ ‘I got one stuck in my cell if that’s what you mean.’.|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 199: broad squad, n. – homosexuals that work together.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Animal Factory 50: Is that kid Ron a broad?|
|(con. 1930s–60s) Guilty of Everything (1998) 244: He had me pegged for a broad [...] He says to me, ‘C’mon, give me a blowjob’.|
6. (US campus, also brodie) an attractive woman.
|Jive and Sl. n.p.: Broad ... Girl.|
|Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) 303: He was going with his broad, Maria [...] She’s good-looking for a change, not a tramp.|
|Current Sl. I:3 1/2: Brodie, n. A girl.|
7. (US gay) the buttocks.
|Queens’ Vernacular 23: posterior [...] broad (since this part of male anatomy most resembles a woman’s curves).|
|Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet].|
8. (Aus.) a tough, independent outspoken woman.
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 272: Idealism [...] I envisage her as a sassy broad with a big ‘I’ on her chest.|
(US Und.) corrupting a conductor on any form of transportation line.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl.|
(US) a prostitute who lives and works in a hotel.
|Never Come Morning (1988) 183: I was house-broad there. I been house-broad in some of our best hotels.|
(US black/Und.) any woman who is not a prostitute.
|in Sweet Daddy 23: That same square broad, wine and dine her – she’ll screw her tail off for you.|
|Black Players 40: The process of taking a square broad (one who is not a prostitute) and teaching her game is called turning her out.|
(US Und.) riding on a purchased transportation ticket.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl.|