1. [late 19C+] a general form of address to an unnamed male or self-reflexively.
2. [1910s+] a black male.
3. [1920s+] a form of address to a fellow black male.
4. [1960s+] (orig. US black) in pl., constr. with the, black people, orig. in 1960s black radical use, now used by both black and white speakers with only residual political overtones.
5. [1960s+] in pl., constr with the, one’s intimates, one’s close friends.
6. [1970s+] a non-black male accepted in the black community.
[1970s+] (US black) a fellow black man, usu. as a form of address.
[1930s–40s] (US black) a form of address from one black man to another; a black man; thus sister in black, n., a black woman.
SE in slang uses
see brother of the bung under brother (of the)... n.
1. a carpenter.
2. a fellow professional of any sort.
see hod n.1
[early 19C] the anus.
[late 17C–19C] one who shares a friend’s mistress.
see separate entry.
[1920s] a drunkard.