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ag·​gro ˈa-(ˌ)grō How to pronounce aggro (audio)
plural aggros
British : deliberately aggressive, provoking, or violent behavior


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: aggressive or aggressively daring in style or manner

Examples of aggro in a Sentence

Noun He's gotten nothing but aggro from his parents lately. They decided it wasn't worth the aggro. The police were there to prevent any aggro.
Recent Examples on the Web
Not going to lie, seeing Cohutta go full aggro in stealing Casey was seriously … hot? Sydney Bucksbaum,, 18 Dec. 2021 The comic was previously adapted by Zack Snyder into a 2009 feature film, and like anything Snyder-adjacent, his aggro-broseph Watchmen has its loud defenders. Darren Franich,, 15 Oct. 2019 Winston’s pretty game for this, even though Monty could not be more aggro in this moment. Kaitlin Reilly,, 24 Aug. 2019 Taylor seems to be calling out this aggro tweeter, and asking them WTF their problem is. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, 17 June 2019 Think of that drop as a proof-of-concept: if the aggro hypebeasts were into it, maybe the rest of us casual sneaker fans might be, too. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, 14 Dec. 2017 Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Donald Trump’s communications director was Trumpism distilled, so pure a concentrate of wocka-wocka salesmanship and aggro preening that the West Wing could contain him for only so long. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, 31 July 2017 Usually clad in something black and skintight, the bleach blonde clipper made a compelling case for the aggro-chic minimalism that was percolating on the runways at the time. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 29 July 2017 The band, experimental from the start, has pushed its sound a few different directions over the years—proggy and aggro on 2014’s The Hunting Party, EDM-adjacent prettiness for this year’s One More Light—and Bennington adapted to all of it. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 July 2017
It’s punctuated by skittering, percussive 808 beats and aggro lyrics, and has produced stars including Fivio Foreign and the late Pop Smoke. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 Here’s Sonny, a sensitive basketball genius, not getting along with his aggro co-workers. Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2023 Often comes out playing an aggro dude. Fu Goto, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2023 The music is the perfect soundtrack to Fieri’s food: dishes that are a little aggro, a little boastful and very much up in your grill. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2023 With the upcoming release of the Foo Fighters’ horror-comedy film Studio 666, Grohl returns to his most aggro side, telling Rolling Stone that he’s recorded an entire metal album as the film’s fictional band Dream Widow. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2022 The aggro YouTuber had been courting Miles for a gig at Alpha News throughout the movie, even sending Whiskey (Madelyn Cline) to seduce him. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Dec. 2022 That might sound like faint praise; some would call him silly or lightweight or even, in his aggro irreverance, a touch smarmy. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 Who could forget Chad Johnson, the overly-aggro jerk from JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette in 2016? Kristen Baldwin,, 2 July 2019 See More

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Word History



perhaps originally from aggr(ession) or aggr(essive) + -o entry 1, though influenced in meaning by association with aggravation


probably derivative of aggro entry 1

First Known Use


1969, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aggro was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Aggro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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