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[pahrd-ner] /ˈpɑrd nər/
noun, U.S. Dialect.
(in direct address) friend.
Origin of pardner
1785-95, Americanism; alteration of partner reproducing voiced flap, here with nasal release, of American medial t between voiced sounds Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I guess he had worried for fear it would be out of sight, out of mind with me, and I rejoined my pardner.

  • He's the sleepin' pardner of the house of Collingsby and Whippleton.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • There's old farmer Dawson, tew,—his pardner hain't ben dead but ten months.

  • Trail to the trough along with me, pardner, and name your favor-ite.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • But say, pardner, this current's too strong fer the paddles, guess we'll have to pole.

    The Long Patrol H. A. Cody
  • "Come off the car, pardner," said one of the men in a voice meant to be conciliatory.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Good thing I reserved a seat in your grandstand for myself, wasn't it, pardner?

    When A Man's A Man Harold Bell Wright
  • "Listen, pardner," said the leader, ignoring the policeman and addressing Hurstwood.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • And yet he, my pardner—thees Francisco—know that I have seen the mees from Boston!

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for pardner


(US, dialect) friend or partner: used as a term of address
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