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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
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  • “Whoa, pardner,” sang out Rhodes, back of them as he slid out of the saddle.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • You don't pull that stuff on me, pardner; you'd better vacate.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • My name's Whippleton—Mrs. Whippleton; and my son's his pardner.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • He's the sleepin' pardner of the house of Collingsby and Whippleton.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • “Search my trunk, pardner,” she said with her old-time impish grin.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Any way, McArthur was her “pardner,” and it was enough that he should know.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Trail to the trough along with me, pardner, and name your favor-ite.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • "Come off the car, pardner," said one of the men in a voice meant to be conciliatory.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • "Listen, pardner," said the leader, ignoring the policeman and addressing Hurstwood.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for pardner


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