bro

noun
\ˈbrō \
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

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But those who criticize the company’s bro-y image aren’t just referring to its members. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "WeWork is tracking how much its members drink during the workday," 31 Oct. 2018 At one point, Charlotte even gave a disapproving look at her big bro, who broke formation to make a goofy pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Gave Prince George the Funniest Look at a Family Friend's Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 Still, credit the bro-y emcee for stepping up in the clutch. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Capitol Hill Block Party rages on with #MeToo undertones," 23 July 2018 George, who is attending the ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace in London alongside parents William, Kate, and Charlotte, showed up for his little bro's big day in a short-sleeve, collared shirt and (of course) shorts. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Prince George Has Just Arrived at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 There’s the bro-friendly raunch-com variety, launched by The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005; its apex, as far as romcom material goes, is probably 2007’s Knocked Up and 2008’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018 In this musical comedy, a finance bro falls off the corporate ladder and picks up his high school guitar. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The human impact of Lift’s evil is eventually revealed, but his actions in this particular moment are no more nefarious than the average clueless white tech bro. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 But the Crimea thing highlights something much more important, which is this awful meeting of sort of the Bernie bros and the Trump people on this question of eating away at other country's sovereignty. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 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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—used as a friendly way of addressing a man or boy

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