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buddy

[buhd-ee] /ˈbʌd i/
noun, plural buddies.
1.
comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
2.
bud2 .
verb (used without object), buddied, buddying.
3.
to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
Verb phrases
4.
buddy up,
  1. to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms.
  2. to work closely together:
    to buddy up with a student from another high school.
5.
buddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of:
He was buddying up to the political bosses.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps reduced form of brother
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  • When they met, they discovered that they cooked uncannily well as a team and became best buddies.
  • Mutch was dispatched to brief a team of firefighters, some of them his old buddies, who were called in to stop the blaze.
  • Some of my animal buddies are on medications owned by cruel pharmaceutical companies who did do research that harmed animals.
  • They ride on giraffes, rhinos, and other big buddies.
  • One or two of his buddies joined in to vary my angle of rotation.
  • He found that out this morning as he excitedly show his buddies and he packed it easily in his back shirt pocket.
  • The twill top half and arms looks awesome and have gotten compliments from buddies.
  • Or it could be a way of communicating with their buddies.
  • He loved being home, building his boats, having lunch with his buddies.
  • Can't say enough about how much better it is to have my tunes, and yet still be able to hear my buddies.
British Dictionary definitions for buddies

buddy

/ˈbʌdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) an informal word for friend Also called (as a term of address) bud
2.
a volunteer who visits and gives help and support to a person suffering from AIDS
3.
a volunteer who gives help and support to a person who has become disabled but is returning to work
verb -dying, -died
4.
(intransitive) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
Word Origin
C19: probably a baby-talk variant (US) of brother
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Word Origin and History for buddies

buddy

n.

1850, American English, 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 dialect word in England and Wales, attested since 18c., and long associated with coal miners. Short form bud is attested from 1851. Reduplicated form buddy-buddy (adj.) attested by 1952, American English.

Lenny Kent, a long-time fave here, is really in his element. ... After four weeks here he's got everone in town saying, "Hiya, Buddy, Buddy" with a drawl simulating his. [Review of Ned Schuyler's 5 O'Clock Club, Miami Beach, Fla., "Billboard," Nov. 12, 1949]
Buddy system attested from 1920.

v.

1931, perhaps originally U.S. underworld slang, usually with up, from buddy (n.). Related: Buddied; buddying.

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Slang definitions & phrases for buddies

buddy

noun
  1. bud1
  2. A man's closest male friend; pal •During WWI this term took on a particularly strong sentimental value
  3. A male's partner in work or sport
verb

buddy up

Related Terms

ace boon coon, asshole buddy, good buddy

[1850+; fr earlier butty, ''partner, chum,'' said to be fr Romany; probably influenced by a childish pronunciation of brother]


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