Definition of buddy in English:


Syllabification: bud·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈbədē
informal , chiefly North American

noun (plural buddies)

  • 1A close friend.
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    • Sure I have friends, but not real friends, not the kind of close buddies that you share everything with.
    • As an aside, before Christmas I ran into a buddy from high school.
    • Sean is broke, so his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc suggests he gets a job at the local car wash.
  • 1.1A working companion with whom close cooperation is required.
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    • But Shaft spends the entire movie partnered with his cop buddies, all of whom are made to make a point of saying how much trouble they'll be in for helping Shaft.
    • One day, in a fit of tomfoolery, she and one of her coworker buddies dress up in a guest's expensive clothing.
    • My coworker buddy and I might be taking a knitting course together.

verb (buddies, buddying, buddied)

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  • Become friendly and spend time with: I decided to buddy up to them
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    • I'll admit that Tom opened the door for me, but I had to buddy up with them and get to know them just like everybody else before they let me into their little circle.
    • White rhinos apparently get a different benefit from buddying up.
    • One night in the summer of 1971, he buddied up to Wylie in the infield to inquire about the car.


mid 19th century: perhaps an alteration of brother.

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