brer

br'er

[brur, brair; Southern Dialect bur]
noun Chiefly Southern U.S.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism

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br'er (brɜː, brɛə)
 
n
Black slang, dialect (Southern US) brother: usually prefixed to a name: Br'er Jones

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brer
in Brer Rabbit, etc., 1881, Joel Chandler Harris' representation of U.S. Southern black pronunciation of brother.
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