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br'er

[brur, brair; Southern Dialect bur]
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noun Chiefly Southern U.S.
  1. brother.

Origin of br'er

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for brer

Historical Examples

  • The youngest pig was the wisest, and would not let Brer Wolf come in by the door.

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    Benjamin Taylor

  • He say, ‘Brer Rabbit, what’s all dis fuss I hear in de woods?

    Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • Brer Tarrypin he make great 'miration 'bout how col' he water is.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • Brer Fox he 'spon', he did, dat it look mighty fur off ter him.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • Brer Rabbit, he make lak he 'stonish' dat Brer Fox is hurted.

    Nights With Uncle Remus

    Joel Chandler Harris


British Dictionary definitions for brer

br'er

noun
  1. Southern US Black slang, dialect brother: usually prefixed to a nameBr'er Jones
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for brer

in Brer Rabbit, etc., 1881, Joel Chandler Harris' representation of U.S. Southern black pronunciation of brother.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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