bruv

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened from bruvver.

Noun[edit]

bruv (plural bruvs)

  1. (UK, slang) Brother, mate, friend.
    • 1992, in Today:
      The lads in the Nags 'Ead were just talking about your bit of managerial bovver and I said to Rodney, 'Bruv, this could be my big chance.'

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used mainly to address one's brother, when it is sometimes capitalised.

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