- a brother.
- a male friend or buddy.
- a guy or fellow: used as a term of address.
- a fellow black male; soul brother.
- a young, usually white male variously and often negatively characterized as being preppy, party-loving, egotistical, sexist, etc.
- of or relating to bros: the bro culture of college athletics.
Sometimes bruh [bruh] /brʌ/, brah [brah] /brɑ/.
Origin of bro
First recorded in 1830–40; reduced form of brother
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Related Wordscrony, comrade, buddy, playmate, amigo, sidekick, associate, chum, brother, homeboy, companion, mate, sister, homegirl, sis, pal, neighbor, connate, amiga, bro
Examples from the Web for bro
That says a lot coming from a Boston bro–and one married to Gisele, no less.The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets
September 28, 2014
Rafi, otherwise known as “Bro lo el Cuñado,” is the brother of the stunning Sofia, and stepbrother to Ruxin (Nick Kroll).Inside the Mind of ‘The League’s Rafi: Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen on TV’s Craziest Dude
September 25, 2014
Like a guy who will tell you that his favorite movie is Caddyshack is a bro.
Did you have any part in creating the bro clichés that are in these Game of Bros videos?
Meanwhile, New York Magazine ran a jauntily satirical article—“Bro, Can You Spare, Like, Five Bills?”Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Thirty more are added to their number; a school is established, taught by Bro.The Story of My Life
In the summer of 1863 I held a meeting at Hendronsville, with Bro.
It is a source of devout thankfulness to those who knew Bro.
This morning Sarah and I walked over the prairie two miles to Bro.
Principal business to attend to was charges prefered by Bro.
- NZ a family member
- a close associate
bra or bru
- Southern African informal a friend, often used in direct address
C20: from Afrikaans broer brother
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Word Origin and History for bro
colloquial abbreviation of brother, attested from 1660s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper