Definition of bro in English:



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    ‘his baby bro’
    short for brother
    • ‘Increasingly he relied on a core group of delegates: the Dulles bros, Averill Harriman, Dean Acheson, and Colonel Goodpaster to run the ship.’
    • ‘Belgium bros Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne more than earn their opening slot at this year's fest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take it from me, Shannon, all big bros are the same.’
    • ‘And Scott, he was like friends with my bro for 7 years, and he betrayed him by lying about something really big.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, my bro called another friend for help first, but the guy said ‘he didn't have the money’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 then went upstairs to wake up my bros and we ate breakfast together.’
    1. 1.1Brother (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’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy become better bros when they head out to Long Island to get their driver's licenses.’
    • ‘It seemed like a place that blue-collar guys went after work to have a few pilsners with their bros.’
    • ‘Hey bro, in spirit, I agree with you.’
    • ‘Well said, bro.’
    • ‘Well done bros!’
    • ‘Soon all three men are seeing someone special, while trying to keep it from their bros.’
    • ‘Be the individual that he wants to spend the weekend with, instead of his bros.’
    • ‘Cool story, bro.’
    • ‘Yikes, that's not an easy convo to have with your bros!’
    • ‘He ended up getting betrayed by one of his best bros.’
    man, my friend
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    1. 2.1A young man, especially one who socializes primarily with his male peers and enjoys lively, unintellectual pursuits.
      ‘shirtless bros with plaid shorts throwing frisbees’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The tender scene at the marathon finish line has been taken over by bros with beers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Never underestimate the ingenuity of a bro who needs to open a beer.’
      • ‘During a CNN live report from Atlantic City, a reporter was videobombed by some shirtless dancing bros in the background.’
      • ‘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.’


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