The words Brer and bruh both originated as written forms of a spoken alteration of the word brother that is used especially in southern African American English. Brer appears most commonly today in written versions of African American folktales (such as those popularized by Joel Chandler Harris), where it occurs as a capitalized title before a male character's first name.
The word bruh is also sometimes used in this way.
Brer now rarely appears outside of such tales, but bruh has a range of current uses, including as a familiar form of address.
Examples of bruh in a Sentence
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