cobbers

cobber

[kob-er]
noun Australian.
a close fellow male friend; chum; pal.

Origin:
1890–95; of uncertain origin

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cobber (ˈkɒbə)
 
n
informal (Austral), (NZ) a friend; mate: used as a term of address to males
 
[C19: from dialect cob to take a liking to someone]

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