Ubiquitous and often-ridiculed expression of friendship, similar to "buddy" or "pal"; a surf-world favorite, along with "dude," since the 1970s. Originally a black culture diminutive for "brother," "bro" was picked up by hippies and rock musicians in the late 1960s, with American surfers following shortly thereafter. Hawaiians changed the spelling and elocution to "brah," while Mainlanders kept th...

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