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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Blunt was out this way this afternoon, with a couple his pards," remarked McGurvin, unaware of the bomb was exploding.

  • You got to show me a deal with more in it, before you talk about a shift of pards.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • "Them and your pards must have been pretty nigh together for a minute, then," he said, pointing to the ground.

    The Great K. & A. Robbery Paul Liechester Ford
  • The six pards stared at Colorado Jim in gasping silence for some time.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • The men who accomplished this were not "rough-necks" nor swaggering bullies, "muttering strange oaths and bearded like pards."

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • "Howdy, pards," he said, with an assumption of the cowboy manner.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • An' his pards have been particular friends with me, too, more an' more as I loosened up.

  • "You've double-crossed yourself an' your pards," went on Oliver, pathetically.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • He an' Al was pards once, an' now Beasley has most folks here believin' he got the short end of thet deal.

  • Weve been pards so long now that whats the injury to one is the same with all.

British Dictionary definitions for pards


(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 pards



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 pards



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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