\ 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 boy Hey, 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 noun It'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

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Pharma bro sentenced: Disgraced biotech exec Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison, putting an end to a saga that captivated and sometimes enraged Washington, Wall Street and the tabloids, Bloomberg said. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: Heads up, investors, it's the season of the witch," 12 Mar. 2018 Matsumoto said when ordering the pharma bro to remain behind bars prior to sentencing on Friday. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Here's Martin Shkreli's Jail Sentence," 9 Mar. 2018 So, the problems of 23 year old bro in Silicon Valley are pretty much dialed. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 Post Malone played guitar with Anthony Kiedis, in a very bro-ed out, shirtless performance. Vogue, "These Were the Most Viral Moments From the Grammy Awards 2019," 11 Feb. 2019 Maybe Horowitz misjudged those skater bros clutching their JNCO jeans. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Could You Love a Man in the Baggy Pants that Took Over the Runways this Season?," 22 Jan. 2019 Frustrated that women, who make up less than 30% of bitcoin investors, are being shut out of the digital currency's bro culture, entrepreneur Brit Morin held a San Francisco event in February to educate them in it. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Dude, you have an all-male conference. Time to make room for women.," 8 Mar. 2018 Veteran reporter Jessica Yellin is blowing the whistle on the media’s not-so-secret bro culture. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jessica Yellin Is a Veteran Reporter Out to Change the Way You Get Your News," 20 Nov. 2018 Both Mark Noble and goalkeeper Adrian sent tweets out wishing the creative midfielder a speedy recovery. #FuerzaManu 💪🏻💎 @manulanzini All my best wishes for a speedy recovery, Keep being strong and get well soon bro!!, "Video Shows How Lionel Messi & Argentina Squad Reacted to News on Manuel Lanzini's Injury," 9 June 2018

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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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