bruv

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened from bruvver.

Noun[edit]

bruv (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, slang, often capitalized) 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 in London or other city dialects, particularly in Multicultural London English.

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