\ 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 And while Escola has a knack for female characters, their repertoire includes men too, like Toby, a basic bro who also happens to be an undiscovered musical theater virtuoso. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "New York had Cole Escola down and out. Now they’re part of comedy’s queer new wave," 21 Jan. 2021 Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, half of the ghastly bro-country outfit Florida Georgia Line. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Best Inaugural Music Moments," 21 Jan. 2021 One is a kind of tech bro type, and then another is a sort of gentler, more wholesome version of this. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Transcript: The Future of Telecommuting," 13 Jan. 2021 One of those friends remembered him as a sad character who didn’t really express political views beyond the broadly bro-ey and insensitive culture of Vine, and who confided that he was haunted by a lonely childhood in Alaska. New York Times, "We Worked Together on the Internet. Last Week, He Stormed the Capitol.," 10 Jan. 2021 Yes, there is a lot to mock in the Proud Boys playbook, but the bro-ish-ness of its branding actually helps to disguise its true malevolence. Courtney Shea,, "It’s Not Time To Be Smug, Canada — We’re Connected To The Riot In Washington," 8 Jan. 2021 Each look fit the laidback Deutsche bro appeal of the group. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Grand Theft Auto Features Its First Fashion Label," 4 Jan. 2021 Brady said, trying to replicate Gronkowski’s bro-ey charm. Trevor Hass,, "‘Duuude, that was great.’ Watch Tom Brady nail this impression of Rob Gronkowski," 31 Dec. 2020 He's equally adept at comic timing, making Nathan—who could have been just another obnoxious tech-bro—a charming, warm, and likable character, despite his obvious flaws. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2020: Our favorite shows and binges in a year of living distantly," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2021

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“Bro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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