br'er

[ brur, brair; Southern Dialect bur ]
/ brɜr, brɛər; Southern Dialect bɜr /
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noun Chiefly Southern U.S.

Nearby words

  1. bpl.,
  2. bpr,
  3. bps,
  4. bq,
  5. br,
  6. br.,
  7. br. som.,
  8. bra,
  9. bra burner,
  10. braai

Origin of br'er

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for brer

br'er

/ (brɜː, brɛə) /

noun

Southern US Black slang, dialect brother: usually prefixed to a nameBr'er Jones
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Word Origin and History for brer

brer


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

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