Definition of aggro in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Aggressive, violent behaviour.

    ‘they do not usually become involved in aggro’
    • ‘You are supposed to have aggro getting money off them, not giving it back.’
    • ‘Obviously I am disappointed that Manchester United are not competing in Europe next season, but on the other hand I would hate to see the name of Manchester United linked with aggro.’
    • ‘Before the magazine even hit the news-stands the images were being criticised for their associations of mad-dog English fans and post-match aggro.’
    • ‘The only aggro this observer has witnessed in the past couple of seasons has been completely spontaneous, usually involving too much bevvy in the pub after a game.’
    • ‘If we say anything we just get abuse and more aggro.’
    • ‘Did McEnroe wind up the tennis crowd and his opponent because he just couldn't help it, or because he was smart enough to know that maximum aggro was ultimately going to wreck his opponent's concentration?’
    • ‘So aggro my random thoughts turn to incomprehensible, violent acts I would not dream to act on.’
    • ‘There are people around who DO want something else from their weekend (it probably does involve drink and loud music) but don't want to endure 40 lads who've been out all day and looking for a bit of aggro at last orders.’
    • ‘I thought this rally was about making poverty history, not causing aggro with the Old Bill.’
    • ‘There has been little sign of real rock aggro all evening.’
    • ‘I'm told that in York's last game against them many years ago there was a bit of aggro, so we're expecting a hard game from them.’
    • ‘What happened between me and Ian was a storm in a teacup, handbags at 22 paces, and there was no real aggro, beyond the pair of us making our points.’
    • ‘For your angry little brother or sister who's discovered aggro metal like Disturbed.’
    • ‘As regards aggro and hostility, I would imagine that there's plenty who get enough of that from their daily lives, and like to leave it out of their private lives.’
    • ‘There are less incidents of aggro inside the nation's grounds, but that's largely due to the keener police presence and closed-circuit cameras clamping down on inner-stadium trouble.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Refereeing school matches can be a thankless task, and you get more than your fair share of aggro over your decisions - especially from the mums and dads.’’
    • ‘It was all only verbal aggro and handbag hostilities but it did little credit to the participants.’
    • ‘The school cafeteria was a place of petty, day-to-day aggro.’
    • ‘I hadn't been scared of encountering aggro - at such an early hour on a packed train I would have been surprised.’
    • ‘‘The exercise has been great fun and we had a fantastic team - there was no aggro no matter how upset or stressed we got,’ he said.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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    1. 1.1Problems and difficulties.
      ‘he didn't have to deal with aggro from the desk clerk’
      • ‘But why not save yourself a lot of aggro and transfer the task to the junior consumer him-or herself - with a little unseen adult tweaking, and the occasional outright veto, to steer them in the direction of sound nutrition?’
      • ‘But came the Millennium, he was tired of all the aggro and uncertainty of the music business and, as a bachelor with no strong ties, decided that he wanted to go back home to his roots.’
      • ‘Being here should be a privilege, and I cannot believe that this Government would come up with a bill like this, after the $2 million of expense and all of that aggro, and put its head back into the same noose.’
      • ‘However, concentrating on its bank balance meant the company's focus on mobile payments was slipping, so it decided to ‘ride a lot of aggro from the bank and go for it’.’
      • ‘This is very expensive to get so naturally the landlord doesn't want this additional expense and neither party wants any aggro!’
      • ‘Patrick said: ‘At our age you don't want the aggro of organising trips.’’
      • ‘A travel agent may be less ‘convenient’ in that she will only be available during business hours, but nothing is worth the days of aggro that even the simplest change with Expedia entails.’
      • ‘We pay a little extra for the privilege, but then we do save on fuel and the need for a special journey, not to mention the usual parking aggro and all that.’
      • ‘Given the difficulties he is experiencing with Waterford Wedgwood, another of his publicly quoted ventures, we're not sure why O'Reilly wants the aggro that goes with keeping this vehicle in the spotlight.’
      • ‘I don't want all the bloody aggro of waking him up.’
      • ‘Postscript: the saga of the Frank takeover, typed by Eric Reguly, caused great aggro at the Globe.’
      • ‘Quick Street implemented a new residents permit scheme last year, which has caused all sorts of aggro.’
      • ‘There was a bit of aggro involved in this, for while trying to get a glass bowl out of the cupboard, I smashed it, all over the floor.’


1960s: abbreviation of aggravation (see aggravate), or of aggression.