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Used as an informal title before a man's name:‘Brer Jean’‘Brer Rabbit’
- ‘Ole Brer Ralph, he was out there hibernating after Invisible Man.’
- ‘He has even compared the defeat to Brer Fox, in the old folktale of the American South.’
- ‘His choice of a rabbit's foot hints at his affinity with Brer Rabbit and his African trickster antecedents.’
- ‘Brer Rabbit is constantly at odds with the likes of Brer Bear, Brer Wolf, and Sly Brer Fox.’
- ‘I would curl up in an armchair and listen to stories about Brer Rabbit, fairies, elves and much more.’
Late 19th century: representing an African-American or southern US pronunciation of brother.
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