2.obsolete.Used as a title before a man’s first name.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 91Broer,..This word is frequently employed in folk-lore tales and ordinary conversation as Uncle Remus — Mr. Chandler Harris’ friend — uses the word ‘Brer’. Instead of Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit, etc., we have Broer Jakhals, Broer Wolf, etc.
3.A friend or compatriot. Also figurative.
1938F.C. SlaterTrek 59Twelve volleys from the belching roer, The trekker’s trusted friend and broer, Had rattled harshly.
1952B. DavidsonReport on Sn Afr. 154In the Parliament which elected Dr. Malan as Prime Minister it is said on reasonably sound evidence that more than four-fifths of all the members of the Nationalist and Afrikaner Parties were Broers, or brothers of the Bond.
1994NoseweekNo.10, 10Broer D— they kept on as chief executive.
1987L. BeakeStrollers 38It was them what started it — the Spider Men. Wanted us to be lighties, you know, join the gang...They kept after us. My uncle,..he’s one of the Broers, jy weet, high up, jy weet. He says it’s family, man.
An informal or familiar term of address, often in the phrase my broer. Also in dimunitive form broertjieˈbruːrkisee -ie.
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