Definition of bro in English:



  • 1

    ‘his baby bro’
    short for brother
    • ‘I then went upstairs to wake up my bros and we ate breakfast together.’
    • ‘Take it from me, Shannon, all big bros are the same.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, my bro called another friend for help first, but the guy said ‘he didn't have the money’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I found out a way to eliminate the curse of the Rescella, bro,’ Ross said, turning to his brother.’
    • ‘It may seem like double the babysitting, but your bro and his friend will keep each other busy.’
    • ‘Increasingly he relied on a core group of delegates: the Dulles bros, Averill Harriman, Dean Acheson, and Colonel Goodpaster to run the ship.’
    • ‘And Scott, he was like friends with my bro for 7 years, and he betrayed him by lying about something really big.’
    • ‘Belgium bros Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne more than earn their opening slot at this year's fest.’
    • ‘The reason is that Oscar, who was my bro's best friend to start with, saved his life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Yikes, that's not an easy convo to have with your bros!’
    • ‘Hey bro, in spirit, I agree with you.’
    • ‘Cool story, bro.’
    • ‘Soon all three men are seeing someone special, while trying to keep it from their bros.’
    • ‘Well done bros!’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy become better bros when they head out to Long Island to get their driver's licenses.’
    • ‘He ended up getting betrayed by one of his best bros.’
    • ‘It seemed like a place that blue-collar guys went after work to have a few pilsners with their bros.’
    • ‘Well said, bro.’
    • ‘Be the individual that he wants to spend the weekend with, instead of his bros.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And he developed a healthy following on Instagram, where he comes across as the quintessential California surfer bro.’
      • ‘During a CNN live report from Atlantic City, a reporter was videobombed by some shirtless dancing bros in the background.’
      • ‘Beers and bros on the beach isn't my idea of a good time.’
      • ‘Everyone else has arrived, except the hockey bros who are having lost-cabbie trouble.’
      • ‘Never underestimate the ingenuity of a bro who needs to open a beer.’
      • ‘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.’


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