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

Examples of bro in a Sentence

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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!! SI.com, "Video Shows How Lionel Messi & Argentina Squad Reacted to News on Manuel Lanzini's Injury," 9 June 2018 Season 7, Episode 6 Consider Peep Show a kind of follow-up to Absolutely Fabulous, but with two bumbling Gen X bros; this New Year’s Eve episode is no exception to Mark and Jeremy’s usual cringe-worthy comedic antics. Vogue, "The Best New Year’s Eve–Theme Movies and TV Shows to Watch Tonight," 31 Dec. 2018 After years of fearing carbs, Silicon Valley is in love with bread — and, of course, tech bros are disrupting the 6,000-year-old craft of making dough. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 The secondary villains are the immature, misogynist tech bros who take advantage of Michael. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 The companies that were scattering these scooters everywhere, like Bird and Lime, seemed to epitomize tech-bro arrogance. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 Worry Free, founded by Steve Lift, a Silicon Valley libertarian tech-bro visionary dirtbag (played by Armie Hammer, perhaps too perfectly for his own good), offers desperate people guaranteed food and shelter in exchange for lifetime servitude. New York Times, "Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire?," 2 July 2018 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

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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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noun

English Language Learners Definition of bro

US slang used as a friendly way of addressing a man or boy

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