- comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
- to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
- 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.
- buddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of: He was buddying up to the political bosses.
Origin of buddy
- a male given name.
- CharlesBuddy, 1868?–1931, U.S. cornet player: early pioneer in jazz.
Related Words for buddycrony, comrade, associate, chum, confidant, companion, mate, peer, co-worker, sidekick, pal, intimate
Examples from the Web for buddy
Contemporary Examples of buddy
Willingham soon suspected his buddy was involved in bad stuff.A Black Cop’s Tough Words for Mike Brown
Mary M. Chapman
December 3, 2014
So the Beatles had recorded that Buddy Holly song many times?
For instance, the Beatles rendition of Crying, Waiting, Hoping, the great Buddy Holly song.
Alas, there will be no buddy movie to capture the Abramson/McConnell rapport.The McConnell Friend Obama Just Hired
November 10, 2014
Buddy Cianci knows the soul of Providence—and voters apparently know the ex-mayor a little too well to forgive and forget.Former Providence Mayor & Ex-Con Buddy Cianci's Redemption Tour Goes Bust
November 4, 2014
Historical Examples of buddy
I could figure out how mother might be able not to see anything but good in Buddy.
Just about then, though, Buddy seemed to have got a bulletin over a special wire.
He was an Irish buddy tae, but there were severals converted.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
You know, buddy, somebody ought to teach guys like you a lesson.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
It wasn't fair to kick your buddy in the face or get on his ear.The Delta of the Triple Elevens
William Elmer Bachman
- mainly US and Canadian an informal word for friend Also called (as a term of address): bud
- a volunteer who visits and gives help and support to a person suffering from AIDS
- a volunteer who gives help and support to a person who has become disabled but is returning to work
- (intr) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
Word Origin for buddy
- Buddy, real name Charles Bolden . 1868–1931, US Black jazz cornet player; a pioneer of the New Orleans style
1850, American English, possibly an alteration of brother, or from British colloquial butty "companion" (1802), itself perhaps a variant of booty in booty fellow "confederate who shares plunder" (1520s). But butty, meaning "work-mate," also was a localized dialect word in England and Wales, attested since 18c., and long associated with coal miners. Short form bud is attested from 1851. Reduplicated form buddy-buddy (adj.) attested by 1952, American English.
Lenny Kent, a long-time fave here, is really in his element. ... After four weeks here he's got everone in town saying, "Hiya, Buddy, Buddy" with a drawl simulating his. [Review of Ned Schuyler's 5 O'Clock Club, Miami Beach, Fla., "Billboard," Nov. 12, 1949]
Buddy system attested from 1920.
1931, perhaps originally U.S. underworld slang, usually with up, from buddy (n.). Related: Buddied; buddying.