\ 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 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 While Psalm laid on his back and looked up toward the camera, Chicago gave a small smile while gently laying her cheek on her baby bro's stomach. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chicago and Psalm Look So Alike in Kim Kardashian West's Sweet Sibling Snap," 20 Nov. 2019 Each pass, fumble, muff, tackle, penalty, and touchdown by the packs of grunting behemoths pushing the ball up and down the gridiron creates a competing chorus of groans and cheers, bottle slams and back slaps, bro hugs and hanging heads., "A new game in town," 10 Nov. 2019 The love is real, as evidenced by a second snap posted by Malone in which the two pull in for a bro hug. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Post Malone & Drake Have Decided 'Hot Daddy Winter' Is a Thing," 14 Oct. 2019 Chase Fisher looks like your typical Pacific Beach bro. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How this 31-year-old Pacific Beach surfer makes millions selling sunglasses," 14 Oct. 2019 His sister Amaterasu heard of his bro’s overreaction and never wanted to see him again. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Multiple moon myths," 13 Oct. 2019 So, coming up next from bro hugs to blank stares, President Trump meeting with Angela Merkel, not exactly playing out like the visit with Emmanuel Macron. Fox News, "Jill Stein refuses to fully comply with Senate Russia probe," 4 May 2018 The rise of The Black Madonna and activist DJs Dance music’s 2010s ascension wasn’t all about million-dollar spectacle and fist-pumping bro-downs. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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