Definition of bro in English:

bro

noun

informal
  • 1

    ‘his baby bro’
    short for brother
    • ‘Take it from me, Shannon, all big bros are the same.’
    • ‘‘I found out a way to eliminate the curse of the Rescella, bro,’ Ross said, turning to his brother.’
    • ‘The Presidential Library goes through the Charlie Chaplin films, Buster Keaton comedies, Leni Riefenstahl's 1935 extreme propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, and the Marx bros Duck Soup, to name but a few.’
    • ‘So it must make ordinary film-makers sick to see how seemingly effortlessly the Coen bros can revamp a genre to make a basic love story about a couple, who seem destined to be enemies, but realise they are made for each other.’
    • ‘Belgium bros Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne more than earn their opening slot at this year's fest.’
    • ‘Had a really fun night with the rentals, my bro, Andy and Kev and Kim, with muchos wine. Dad burnt his tongue on a flaming sambuca and I drank an amaretto.’
    • ‘Well, my bro called another friend for help first, but the guy said ‘he didn't have the money’.’
    • ‘I then went upstairs to wake up my bros and we ate breakfast together.’
    • ‘It may seem like double the babysitting, but your bro and his friend will keep each other busy.’
    • ‘I'm not sure, having seen other Hughes bros films, whether it was merited, but at the time I found it incredibly sad.’
    • ‘I did know what happened but if I told them they would all think I was even weirder then they already do, well my bro and his friends at least.’
    • ‘Increasingly he relied on a core group of delegates: the Dulles bros, Averill Harriman, Dean Acheson, and Colonel Goodpaster to run the ship.’
    • ‘Cris's brother Curt, the band's leader, wasn't invited to the wedding, and soon Michelle was being portrayed as the wedge between the bros.’
    • ‘The reason is that Oscar, who was my bro's best friend to start with, saved his life.’
    • ‘And Scott, he was like friends with my bro for 7 years, and he betrayed him by lying about something really big.’
    • ‘I'm hoping that it's a blip for the Coen bros, you know one of those exceptions to the rule of them making really good films.’
    1. 1.1Bro. Brother (used before a first name when referring in writing to a member of a religious order of men)
      ‘Bro. Felix’
  • 2North American A male friend (often used as a form of address)

    ‘they'd never choose a girl over their bros’
    ‘not cool, bro’
    • ‘Cool story, bro.’
    • ‘Soon all three men are seeing someone special, while trying to keep it from their bros.’
    • ‘Well said, bro.’
    • ‘Well done bros!’
    • ‘It seemed like a place that blue-collar guys went after work to have a few pilsners with their bros.’
    • ‘He ended up getting betrayed by one of his best bros.’
    • ‘Hey bro, in spirit, I agree with you.’
    • ‘Yikes, that's not an easy convo to have with your bros!’
    • ‘Be the individual that he wants to spend the weekend with, instead of his bros.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy become better bros when they head out to Long Island to get their driver's licenses.’
    man, my friend
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    1. 2.1 A young man, especially one who socializes primarily with his male peers and enjoys lively, unintellectual pursuits.
      ‘shirtless bros with plaid shorts throwing frisbees’
      • ‘Since his 2009 slacker anthem "I Love College," Roth remains a cult hero to the masses of stoner bros whose lifestyle he narrated throughout his early material.’
      • ‘Never underestimate the ingenuity of a bro who needs to open a beer.’
      • ‘They reliably counted among their ranks one or two hot guys on varsity soccer, a few of the more talented band kids, a handful of lacrosse bros, and a posse of beautiful, perfect-skinned girls who all took ballet classes together.’
      • ‘Everyone else has arrived, except the hockey bros who are having lost-cabbie trouble.’
      • ‘And he developed a healthy following on Instagram, where he comes across as the quintessential California surfer bro.’
      • ‘Beers and bros on the beach isn't my idea of a good time.’
      • ‘During a CNN live report from Atlantic City, a reporter was videobombed by some shirtless dancing bros in the background.’
      • ‘The tender scene at the marathon finish line has been taken over by bros with beers.’
      • ‘There were couples dancing in the upper terraces, rows of drunk bros in ball caps with fists extended, shouting themselves hoarse, and lots of selfies being taken.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: written or colloquial abbreviation of brother. Compare with Bros.

Pronunciation

bro

/brəʊ/