Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
in Brer Rabbit, etc., 1881, Joel Chandler Harris' representation of U.S. Southern black pronunciation of brother.
n. (alternative spelling of br'er dot=: English) (abbreviation of brother nocap=1 English)
Usage examples of "brer".
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But, bless your soul, honey, while she was cropping the grass, she took one mouth full too many, because when she hitched on to the persimmon tree again, Brer Rabbit was sitting in the fence corner a-watching of her.
But, bless your soul, honey, while she was cropping the grass, she took one mouth full too many, because when she hitch on to the persimmon tree again, Brer Rabbit was sitting in the fence corner a watching of her.
When they got to the house, Miss Meadows and all the gals was sitting on the piazzer, and instead of stopping at the gate, Brer Rabbit rode on by, he did, and then come galloping down the road and up to the horse-rack, which he hitch Brer Fox at, and then he santer into the house, he did, and shake hands with the gals, and sit there, smoking his cigar same as a town man.
By me by it hurt so bad that Brer Fox just fetched one loud squall and made one big pull, and out came old Brer Mud Turkle, a-hanging to his hand.
Brer Mud Turkle sort of woke up, he took and turned Brer Fox loose without waiting for the thunder.
Brer Mud Turkle drew his head and his feet under his shell, and curled up his tail, and there he was.
Fox gnawed and gouged, and gouged and gnawed, and by me by he got tired, more especially when he heard old Brer Mud Turkle laying in there snoring just like somebody sawing gourds.
He just lay there, old Brer Mud Turkle did, and sun himself same as he was on a rock in the creek.
He lay there so still that Brer Fox got his impatience stirred up, and he came out of the bushes and went to Brer Mud Turkle and shook him up and asked him how he was going to get the shell off.
Brer Mud Turkle along until he got him in the mud, and then he began to rub on his back like somebody currying a horse.
The more he rubbed on the back, the deeper Brer Mud Turkle went in the mud.
By me by, while Brer Fox was rubbing right hard Brer Mud Turkle sort of gave himself a flirt and went down out of reach.
He went out on the bank, he did, and while he was sitting there drying himself he knew that Brer Mud Turkle was laughing at him, because he can see the signs of it.
Because when Brer Fox saw bubbles rising on the water and following after one another he was obliged to know that Brer Mud Turkle was down under there laughing fit to kill himself.