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[brur, brair; Southern Dialect bur] /brɜr, brɛər; Southern Dialect bɜr/
noun, Chiefly Southern U.S.
Origin of br'er
1875-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • brer B'ar year de racket w'at brer Fox kickin' up, en he go down dar fer ter see w'at de marter is.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • The youngest pig was the wisest, and would not let brer Wolf come in by the door.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • He knew that all he had to do was to watch until brer Squirrel was away and then go he'p hisself.

    Mother West Wind "Where" Stories Thornton W. Burgess
  • He say, ‘brer Rabbit, what’s all dis fuss I hear in de woods?

    Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit Joel Chandler Harris
  • En dat's de reason, brer Pete, I sont fer you ter fetch dat mule down here.

    The Conjure Woman Charles W. Chesnutt
  • brer Fox he 'spon', he did, dat it look mighty fur off ter him.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • brer Fox, he come nigher en git on de log; brer Tarrypin aint sayin' nothin'.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • I know'd you 'uz in dar, brer Wolf, I know'd you by de smell!'

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • "Ah fear Ah don't quite get your meaning, brer Skunk," said he.

    The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk Thornton W. Burgess
  • brer Tarrypin he make great 'miration 'bout how col' he water is.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for brer


/brɜː; brɛə/
(Southern US, Black slang, dialect) brother: usually prefixed to a name: Br'er Jones
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brer

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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