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[buhd-ee] /ˈbʌd i/ Informal.
noun, plural buddies.
comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
bud2 .
verb (used without object), buddied, buddying.
to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
Verb phrases
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.
buddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of:
He was buddying up to the political bosses.
Origin of buddy
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps reduced form of brother


[buhd-ee] /ˈbʌd i/
a male given name.


[bohl-duh n] /ˈboʊl dən/
Charles ("Buddy") 1868?–1931, U.S. cornet player: early pioneer in jazz. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for buddy
  • AS with all great film genres, the buddy movie has a built-in structure.
  • Having a buddy that wants to run and be outside would be deeply satisfying.
  • My opponent's buddy lists of cross-continental collaborators are people who enjoyed a literary education.
  • He quickly morphed from wide-eyed acolyte into colleague and drinking buddy.
  • Bring your buddy for part of the drive, but leave him in well-trained hands before the road gets twisty.
  • The best utility is a location-sharing function that shows you and your buddy on a map.
  • Each sib has a buddy sib not worrying about lost socks.
  • Must be a buddy of his who needed some promotion for one reason or another.
  • If you befriend other species, they'll try to buddy up with you, and they'll help you on your quest.
  • My buddy was in charge of looking out for other white sharks in the vicinity.
British Dictionary definitions for buddy


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


Buddy, real name Charles Bolden. 1868–1931, US Black jazz cornet player; a pioneer of the New Orleans style
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Word Origin and History for buddy

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.


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

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Slang definitions & phrases for buddy


  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

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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