buddy
I. noun (plural buddies) Etymology: probably baby talk alteration of brother Date: 1850 1. a. companion, partner b. friend 1 2. fellow — used especially in informal address II. intransitive verb (buddied; buddying) Date: 1918 to become friendly — usually used with up or with III. adjective Date: 1976 featuring a friendship or partnership between the two main usually male characters <
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • buddy — 1850, Amer.Eng., possibly an alteration of brother, or from British colloquial butty companion (1802), itself perhaps a variant of booty in booty fellow confederate who shares plunder (1520s). But butty, meaning work mate, also was a localized… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • buddy — ► NOUN (pl. buddies) informal, chiefly N. Amer. 1) a close friend. 2) a working companion with whom close cooperation is required. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of BROTHER(Cf. ↑brotherly) …   English terms dictionary

  • buddy —    A common term of address used mainly by American speakers, though its use in Britain appears to be spreading. The word is thought to be a corrupt form of ‘brother’, and is similar in use to ‘friend’. It is often used positively, as in The… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • buddy — I UK [ˈbʌdɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms buddy : singular buddy plural buddies 1) mainly American informal a friend 2) American spoken used for talking to a man whose name you do not know Hey, buddy, what are you doing? 3) someone who forms… …   English dictionary

  • buddy — [[t]bʌ̱di[/t]] buddies 1) N COUNT A buddy is a close friend, usually a male friend of a man. [mainly AM] We became great buddies. Syn: pal 2) N VOC Men sometimes address other men as buddy. [AM, INFORMAL] Hey, no way, buddy. Syn: pal 3) …   English dictionary

  • buddy — bud|dy1 [ bʌdi ] noun count * 1. ) AMERICAN SPOKEN used for talking to a man whose name you do not know: Hey buddy, what are you doing? 2. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL a friend: He lived across the road from my buddy, John. 3. ) someone who forms an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • buddy — /bud ee/, n., pl. buddies, v., buddied, buddying. Informal. n. 1. comrade or chum (often used as a term of address). 2. bud2. v.i. 3. to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms. 4. buddy up, a. to become friendly; be on friendly or… …   Universalium

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