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noun,plural bud·dies.
  1. comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).

verb (used without object),bud·died, bud·dy·ing.
  1. to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.

Verb Phrases
  1. buddy up,

    • to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms.

    • to work closely together: to buddy up with a student from another high school.

  2. buddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of: He was buddying up to the political bosses.

Origin of buddy

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps reduced form of brother

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[ buhd-ee ]

  1. a male given name.

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British Dictionary definitions for buddy


/ (ˈbʌdɪ) /

nounplural -dies
  1. mainly US and Canadian an informal word for friend Also called (as a term of address): bud

  2. a volunteer who visits and gives help and support to a person suffering from AIDS

  1. a volunteer who gives help and support to a person who has become disabled but is returning to work

verb-dying or -died
  1. (intr) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS

Origin of buddy

C19: probably a baby-talk variant (US) of brother

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