\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web This one is perfect for any athletic bro that would prefer to be shirtless. Katie Dupere And Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 The crypto-bro investor does not evoke vicarious excitement, like a stuntman jumping motorcycles or a daredevil mountaineer, because his antics at the keyboard don’t appear to take much skill. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 18 May 2022 There are eight whose lives ended on site in various time periods, from a viking to a Wall Street bro, plus fringe ghosts including a gloomy party of cholera casualties in the basement. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Their bro time is foiled by a duo of CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz) who believe Javi is behind a high-profile kidnapping. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 19 Apr. 2022 Rio Hackford, the actor and nightclub owner who played a brief but memorable role as a belligerent bro in Swingers and worked on such TV series as The Mandalorian and Treme, died Thursday after a long illness. Andrea Towers,, 18 Apr. 2022 People also see in him everything from a singular and inspirational visionary to a tech bro with too much money. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 Apr. 2022 He's played a deaf drummer and a tech-bro CEO, a freewheeling surf instructor and a reluctant paparazzo, even a Rebel Alliance pilot in a galaxy far, far away. Leah Greenblatt,, 30 Nov. 2021 Women and anyone who's not a white tech bro have to work harder to get that much further in life. Wagmo, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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