ag·​gro | \ ˈa-(ˌ)grō How to pronounce aggro (audio) \
plural aggros

Definition of aggro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : deliberately aggressive, provoking, or violent behavior
2 British : exasperation, irritation



Definition of aggro (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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: Noun 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 First, this feels like a ramping-up of Trump's already super-aggro rhetoric against the former FBI director. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 8 June 2018 The way Orgy dialed up the original's aggro side and turned it industrial was a stroke of genius. Chris Payne, Billboard, 16 Jan. 2018 Every show is a Halloween show for aggro black metal band Anagnorisis. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, 24 Oct. 2017 Before the Merkel summit, Trump’s handshake mostly made the news for its aggro endlessness. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, 21 Mar. 2017 A teaser for the Paramount franchise’s Super Bowl spot airing Sunday shows Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, slo-mo explosions, and an unusually aggro Optimus Prime. Rebecca Keegan,, 3 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of aggro


1969, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aggro


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

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“Aggro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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