From Middle English broker, brokour, brocour, from Anglo-Norman brocour ("small trader") (compare also abroker), from Old Dutch *brokere ("one who determines the usages of trade, manager"), from broke, bruyck, breuck, from Proto-West Germanic *brūkī ("use, custom"), from Proto-Germanic *brūkiz ("use, custom"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰruHg- ("to use, enjoy"), equivalent to brook + -er.
Cognate with Middle Low German brukere ("a broker"), Danish bruger ("a broker, user, handler"), Swedish bruk ("use, custom, trade, business"), Old English broc ("use, profit, advantage, foredeal"). Compare also French brocanter ("to deal in second-hand goods") from the same Germanic source. More at brook.
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