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[pahrd] /pɑrd/
noun, Literary.
a leopard or panther.
Origin of pard1
1250-1300; Middle English parde (< Old French pard) < Latin pardus < Greek párdos (masculine), derivative of párdalis (feminine); compare Old English (rare) pardus
Related forms
[pahr-dahyn, -din] /ˈpɑr daɪn, -dɪn/ (Show IPA),


[pahrd] /pɑrd/
noun, Informal.
partner; companion.
1840-50, Americanism; by alteration and shortening of partner Unabridged
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  • Then, with a most offensive smirk playing about his mouth, said: Tank-a da Signora, my a da pard.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • "You may bet your rocks that I'll tie to you, pard," assured the unknown.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Say, this little old hut is some good place to tie up to, eh, pard!

    The Search Grace Livingston Hill
  • "No, pard," said the tallest and oldest of the three, in a weak voice.

  • I said, "Am (that was pard's given name, for short), I do not believe that dog wants to go with you any more than you want him."

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • In the afternoon he returned with his pard and tools for digging.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • After the princess went out this clerk said, "pard, you've struck it rich."

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • His pard plugged him through the head, streaked out, got lost, died.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • "Me an' my pard was the first white men in these hyar hills," replied Slingerland.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Take him all round, pard, there never was a bullier man in the mines.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for pard


(US) short for pardner


(archaic) a leopard or panther
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin pardus, from Greek pardos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pard

archaic form of leopard, c.1300, from Latin pardus "a male panther," from Greek pardos "male panther," from the same source (probably Iranian) as Sanskrit prdaku-s "leopard, tiger, snake," and Persian palang "panther."

1850, dialectal shortening of pardener (1795), representing a common pronunciation of partner (n.).


1850, dialectal shortening of pardener (1795), representing a common pronunciation of partner (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pard



Friend; partner; pal (1872+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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