EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Clipping of bruvver.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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 notesEdit

Used mainly in London or other city dialects, particularly in Multicultural London English.

See alsoEdit