broider vs embroider what difference

what is difference between broider and embroider



  • Rhymes: -ɔɪdə(r)


broider (third-person singular simple present broiders, present participle broidering, simple past and past participle broidered)

  1. (archaic) To embroider.


  • borried



From Middle English embroudren, frequentative of embrouden, from Anglo-Norman embrouder, intensive of brosder, brouder (compare Norman broudaïr), from Gothic *???????????????????????????? (*bruzdōn), blend of *bursta (bristle) and *brordōn (to stitch) (compare Old High German brortōn). More at bristle and brad.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɹɔɪdɚ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɹɔɪdə/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪdə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: em‧broi‧der


embroider (third-person singular simple present embroiders, present participle embroidering, simple past and past participle embroidered)

  1. To stitch a decorative design on fabric with needle and thread of various colours.
  2. (figuratively) To add imaginary detail to a narrative to make it more interesting or acceptable.

Derived terms


Further reading

  • embroider in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • embroider in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • embroider at OneLook Dictionary Search

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