Definition of brah in English:


(also bra)


US, South African
  • 1A male friend or associate.

    ‘his brahs are giving him major props’
    • ‘Why don't you go show your brah to his room?’
    • ‘I want to give a shout out to all my brahs.’
    • ‘My brah came back in from riding a big wave.’
    • ‘All you brahs waiting for his next sleeper hit: rest assured that his newest dude-com delivers terrifically middlebrow laughs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was a little confused until my brah told me that it is surfer lingo.’
    • ‘I have no idea why he turned his back on his brahs’
    • ‘You and your nine surf brahs will have these waves all to yourselves.’
    1. 1.1Used as a familiar form of address for a man.
      ‘hey, brah!’
      • ‘Now i'm healthy and doors are opening, circle of life brah.’
      • ‘And I'm with you on Nate, brah.’
      • ‘"I know some surfers who say: 'No way, brah, it's not about competition,'" he argues.’
      • ‘That's tots legit, brah!’
      • ‘"Or we could say 'Howzit, brah.'"’
      • ‘The conditions were epic, so much snow brah!’
      • ‘It's cool, brah.’
      • ‘That dude's dead, brah.’
      • ‘"Just cool it, brah," Huff tells him.’
      • ‘You've disfigured me, brah.’
      • ‘That's one way, brah.’
      • ‘I'm feeling you on that one, brah.’
      • ‘As I say, brah, this stuff rules.’
      • ‘No idea, brah.’
    2. 1.2Used as an informal title before a man's name.
      ‘Bra Rufus’
      • ‘Said Bra Hugh: "A society who doesn't live with its aged has lost its sense of history."’
      • ‘"I'm talking to Bra Amos, not the mayor."’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Known simply as Bra Ntemi, he created the African Jazz Pioneers and the Alexandra All Star Band in the 50s.’


Late 19th century (originally West Indian): perhaps originally representing a colloquial pronunciation of brother. Compare bro, brer.