Past participle of break. Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured: a broken arm; broken glass. Sundered by divorce, separation, or desertion of a parent or parents: children from broken homes; a broken marriage. Having been violated: a broken promise. Incomplete: a broken set of books. Being in a state of disarray; disordered: troops fleeing in broken ranks. Intermittently stopping and starting; discontinuous: a broken cable transmission. Varying abruptly, as in pitch: broken sobs. Spoken with gaps and errors: broken English. Topographically rough; uneven: broken terrain. Subdued totally; humbled: a broken spirit. Weakened and infirm: broken health. Crushed by grief: died of a broken heart. Financially ruined; bankrupt. Not functioning; out of order: a broken washing machine.