Meaning of bro in English:


Pronunciation /brəʊ/

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  • 1 informal

    short for brother

    • ‘his baby bro’
    • ‘The Presidential Library goes through the Charlie Chaplin films, Buster Keaton comedies, Leni Riefenstahl's 1935 extreme propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, and the Marx bros Duck Soup, to name but a few.’
    • ‘So it must make ordinary film-makers sick to see how seemingly effortlessly the Coen bros can revamp a genre to make a basic love story about a couple, who seem destined to be enemies, but realise they are made for each other.’
    • ‘Increasingly he relied on a core group of delegates: the Dulles bros, Averill Harriman, Dean Acheson, and Colonel Goodpaster to run the ship.’
    • ‘Take it from me, Shannon, all big bros are the same.’
    • ‘Cris's brother Curt, the band's leader, wasn't invited to the wedding, and soon Michelle was being portrayed as the wedge between the bros.’
    • ‘I'm not sure, having seen other Hughes bros films, whether it was merited, but at the time I found it incredibly sad.’
    • ‘I then went upstairs to wake up my bros and we ate breakfast together.’
    • ‘Belgium bros Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne more than earn their opening slot at this year's fest.’
    • ‘I'm hoping that it's a blip for the Coen bros, you know one of those exceptions to the rule of them making really good films.’
    • ‘It may seem like double the babysitting, but your bro and his friend will keep each other busy.’
    • ‘Had a really fun night with the rentals, my bro, Andy and Kev and Kim, with muchos wine. Dad burnt his tongue on a flaming sambuca and I drank an amaretto.’
    • ‘And Scott, he was like friends with my bro for 7 years, and he betrayed him by lying about something really big.’
    • ‘Well, my bro called another friend for help first, but the guy said ‘he didn't have the money’.’
    • ‘The reason is that Oscar, who was my bro's best friend to start with, saved his life.’
    • ‘‘I found out a way to eliminate the curse of the Rescella, bro,’ Ross said, turning to his brother.’
    • ‘I did know what happened but if I told them they would all think I was even weirder then they already do, well my bro and his friends at least.’
    1. 1.1Bro.Brother (used before a first name when referring in writing to a member of a religious order of men)
      • ‘Bro. Felix’
  • 2mainly North American informal A male friend (often used as a form of address)

    • ‘they'd never choose a girl over their bros’
    • ‘not cool, bro’
    • ‘Cool story, bro.’
    • ‘Well said, bro.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy become better bros when they head out to Long Island to get their driver's licenses.’
    • ‘Well done bros!’
    • ‘Yikes, that's not an easy convo to have with your bros!’
    • ‘He ended up getting betrayed by one of his best bros.’
    • ‘Soon all three men are seeing someone special, while trying to keep it from their bros.’
    • ‘It seemed like a place that blue-collar guys went after work to have a few pilsners with their bros.’
    • ‘Hey bro, in spirit, I agree with you.’
    • ‘Be the individual that he wants to spend the weekend with, instead of his bros.’
    man, my friend
    1. 2.1A young man, especially one who socializes primarily with his male peers and enjoys lively, unintellectual pursuits.
      ‘shirtless bros with plaid shorts throwing frisbees’
      • ‘During a CNN live report from Atlantic City, a reporter was videobombed by some shirtless dancing bros in the background.’
      • ‘Everyone else has arrived, except the hockey bros who are having lost-cabbie trouble.’
      • ‘They reliably counted among their ranks one or two hot guys on varsity soccer, a few of the more talented band kids, a handful of lacrosse bros, and a posse of beautiful, perfect-skinned girls who all took ballet classes together.’
      • ‘Since his 2009 slacker anthem "I Love College," Roth remains a cult hero to the masses of stoner bros whose lifestyle he narrated throughout his early material.’
      • ‘And he developed a healthy following on Instagram, where he comes across as the quintessential California surfer bro.’
      • ‘There were couples dancing in the upper terraces, rows of drunk bros in ball caps with fists extended, shouting themselves hoarse, and lots of selfies being taken.’
      • ‘Never underestimate the ingenuity of a bro who needs to open a beer.’
      • ‘The tender scene at the marathon finish line has been taken over by bros with beers.’
      • ‘Beers and bros on the beach isn't my idea of a good time.’


Early 16th century (as a written abbreviation): written or colloquial abbreviation of brother. Compare with Bros. bro (sense 2) dates from the mid 19th century.