• (America) IPA: /ˈæɡ.ɹoʊ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈæɡ.ɹəʊ/

aggro (uncountable)

  1. Aggravation; bother.
  2. (chiefly, UK, Australia) Aggressive behaviour; loud, intimidating behaviour that convincingly threatens violence without necessarily actually becoming violent.
    Move along, lads; we don't want any aggro.
    • 2011, Jake Arnott, The Long Firm, [ unnumbered page],
      ‘We ain′t got a name yet. We′re into aggro.’
      ‘Yeah, you know, aggression, aggravation. Aggro’.
  3. (online gaming) A measure of how belligerent a player is – a high value may inspire either avoidance or preemptive hostile action from enemies.
    • 2007, Bendik Stang, Morten A. Osterholt, Erik Hoftun, The Book of Games Volume 2: The Ultimate Reference on PC & Video Games, [ page 98],
      To reduce one player's aggro level, the other must build up his own.
    • 2008 April, GameAxis Unwired, [ page 54],
      What isn't so gimmicky is the Aggro System, where you draw fire onto yourself by acting aggressive, while your partner sneaks off blindsiding distracted enemies. Aggro depends on how big your current weapon is and how often you act aggressive.
    • 2010, Luke Cuddy, John Nordlinger (editors), World of Warcraft and Philosophy: Wrath of the Philosopher King, [ page 187],
      We asked for an ability to trasnfer[sic] our aggro to another player—were told that could cause some abuse.
  4. (online gaming, MMORPG slang) Hostile attention from an enemy that should target players with better defenses.
    You just pulled aggro off the tank and wiped the raid.


  1. (Australia, NZ, slang) Angry.
    • 2011, Bill Noel. The Marsh: A Folly Beach Mystery, [ page 70],
      “The Chuckster say you two be finding aggro idiot who kilt Long,” said Dude.
      I thought I understood but looked at Charles for help.
      Aggro means pissed off.” translated Charles. He still hadn't cracked a smile. Tardiness made Charles aggro.
  2. (online gaming, MMORPG slang) Liable to attack without being attacked first (said of monsters).
  3. (British, US, slang) Hardcore, aggressive.

aggro (aggros, present participle aggroing; past and past participle aggroed)

  1. (online gaming, MMORPG slang, intransitive) To become aggressive towards the player's character.
    Do they aggro on sight or sound?

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