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nounSouth African, US
1A male friend or associate:‘his brahs are giving him major props’
- ‘You and your nine surf brahs will have these waves all to yourselves.’
- ‘I have no idea why he turned his back on his brahs’
- ‘I was a little confused until my brah told me that it is surfer lingo.’
- ‘My brah came back in from riding a big wave.’
- ‘I was trying to call somebody to come pick me up, 'cause I didn't want to get back in the van with the strung-out surfer brahs again, but my phone had died.’
- ‘All you brahs waiting for his next sleeper hit: rest assured that his newest dude-com delivers terrifically middlebrow laughs.’
- ‘Why don't you go show your brah to his room?’
- ‘I want to give a shout out to all my brahs.’
- 1.1 Used as a familiar form of address for a man:‘hey, brah!’
- ‘Now i'm healthy and doors are opening, circle of life brah.’
- ‘I'm feeling you on that one, brah.’
- ‘That's one way, brah.’
- ‘It's cool, brah.’
- ‘"Or we could say 'Howzit, brah.'"’
- ‘And I'm with you on Nate, brah.’
- ‘"Just cool it, brah," Huff tells him.’
- ‘No idea, brah.’
- ‘That's tots legit, brah!’
- ‘The conditions were epic, so much snow brah!’
- ‘You've disfigured me, brah.’
- ‘"I know some surfers who say: 'No way, brah, it's not about competition,'" he argues.’
- ‘That dude's dead, brah.’
- ‘As I say, brah, this stuff rules.’
- 1.2 Used as an informal title before a man's name:‘Bra Rufus’
- ‘Known simply as Bra Ntemi, he created the African Jazz Pioneers and the Alexandra All Star Band in the 50s.’
- ‘Said Bra Hugh: "A society who doesn't live with its aged has lost its sense of history."’
- ‘Wherever Bra Gib is, he'll take pride in what is happening today.’
- ‘Bra Ntemi was also a prolific composer with a deep sense of social responsibility.’
- ‘"I'm talking to Bra Amos, not the mayor."’
Late 19th century (originally West Indian): perhaps originally representing a colloquial pronunciation of brother. Compare bro, brer.
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