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[broh, bruh]Slang.
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noun, plural bros.
  1. a brother.
  2. a male friend or buddy.
  3. a guy or fellow: used as a term of address.
  4. a fellow black male; soul brother.
  5. a young, usually white male variously and often negatively characterized as being preppy, party-loving, egotistical, sexist, etc.
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  1. of or relating to bros: the bro culture of college athletics.
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Sometimes bruh [bruh] /brʌ/, brah [brah] /brɑ/.

Origin of bro

First recorded in 1830–40; reduced form of brother
Related formsbro·ish, adjective


or Bro.

plural bros. or Bros.
  1. brother.
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  1. NZ a family member
  2. a close associate
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bra or bru

  1. Southern African informal a friend, often used in direct address
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Word Origin

C20: from Afrikaans broer brother


abbreviation for
  1. brother
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Word Origin and History for bro


colloquial abbreviation of brother, attested from 1660s.

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