British Englishold-fashionedused to say something is a little unfair or annoying
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: wide, thick, broadWide is used to talk about the distance across something such as a road or river. It is also used to talk about the distance from one side to the other of an object• a doorway two metres wideThickis usually used to talk about the distance between the two largest surfaces of an object• The steel doors are four inches thick.Broadcan often be used instead of wide, but it is slightly literary• broad, graceful avenuesBroad is always used with shoulders and back• a big man with broad (NOT wide) shouldersWide is used with nouns such as range,variety, andchoiceto say that something includes a lot of different things.Broad is used with nouns such as outline,picture, anddescriptionto say that a description is general rather than specific. ➔ See alsowide
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.