\ ˈbrō How to pronounce bro (audio) \
plural bros

Definition of bro

1 informal : brother … Tommy has a worldview that's larger than his baby bro's.— Leah Rozen
2 US slang
a : a male friend hanging out with his bros One quirky edge the Olympics haven't yet sanded away is the habit of extreme athletes to stick together. Like, no matter where we're from, we're all bros. That kind of thing.— Devin Gordon et al.
b used as a friendly way of addressing a man or boyHey, bro, what's up?Catch you later, bro.
c : a young male who is part of a group of similar male friends stereotypically characterized as hearty, athletic, self-confident, party-loving, etc. The recent season of "Project Greenlight," on HBO, made explicit how resistant to race talk Hollywood can be, a stifling culture of bros bonding with mirror versions of themselves.— Emily Nussbaum These were nerds who could pass for bros on a dorm-room sofa …— Ben McGrath often used before another nounIt's the continuation of the bro culture. In my experience, in this world right now, white guys have an advantage. In their training, they've been given access and tools that I haven't. White men get behind each other and empower themselves.— Tanya Holland

Examples of bro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who would have thought a couple of tech bros having a hard time getting a cab in San Francisco would lead to one of the most transformative technologies of the decade? Lauren Goode, Wired, "The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade," 25 Dec. 2019 Hunter fils was also a military bro, enjoying the hell out of his status and the perquisites inherent in his office. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Duncan Hunter Did Something Right," 6 Dec. 2019 And there’s a lot of tech bros who are trying to save the world in less than ethical ways, and so [The OA] is just nonfiction to me. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Netflix Cancelling The OA Is a Tragedy," 31 Aug. 2019 Although Jonas seems to be wearing a tee with a more recent photo of the boys, Chopra and Turner donned more vintage shirts, flashing photos of the bros in their prime Disney days. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas Show Off Throwback Tees for the Jonas Brothers Tour," 8 Aug. 2019 In theory, the clubby enhancements are positive changes to the fitness landscape, which for so long had been a stale wasteland of bro-y gyms, punctuated only by Jane Fonda-esque at-home workouts and TRX straps. Rebecca Brown, Glamour, "Workout Classes Have Lost Their F*cking Minds," 2 Jan. 2020 First, there’s its beefy can, which bears the brand’s signature bro-y camo print and contains a whopping 24 ounces. Washington Post, "Four Loko hard seltzer might taste like cough syrup, but flavor has never been the point," 13 Nov. 2019 Presumably, the level of demand and the nature of the average consumer would change if countries across Europe allowed coffeeshops or their equivalent, and the coffeeshops in other Dutch cities are surely less bro-y. Dan Adams,, "Lessons from Amsterdam: Dutch-style coffeeshops in Massachusetts? No thanks," 10 June 2019 Check out my little bro @monsieur.melvin A post shared by Frank Le Pup (@franklepup_boxer) on Dec 30, 2019 at 7:47am PST Go directly to the source. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Here's how to find out what Disney character you are on Instagram," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bro

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bro

by alteration

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“Bro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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