breach (v.) Look up breach at
1570s, from breach (n.). Related: Breached; breaching.
breach (n.) Look up breach at
Old English bryce "breach, fracture, a breaking," from brecan (see break (v.)), influenced by Old French breche "breach, opening, gap," from Frankish; both from Proto-Germanic *brecho, *bræko "broken," from PIE root *bhreg- "to break." Figurative sense of "a breaking of rules, etc." was in Old English Breach of contract is at least from 1660s.