noun, plural bud·dies.
verb (used without object), bud·died, bud·dy·ing.
- to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms.
- to work closely together: to buddy up with a student from another high school.
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Origin of buddy
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Definition for buddy (2 of 2)
What does buddy mean?
Buddy is most commonly used as an informal word for a friend.
Buddy is often used as a form of address (as in Hey, buddy, I haven’t seen you in a while!) or a term of endearment (an affectionate way of referring to someone). It is sometimes shortened to bud. Buddy is primarily used in the United States.
Example: We don’t get together as much as we used to, but whenever I hang out with my buddies from college it’s still like old times.
Where does buddy come from?
Buddy first entered widespread use around the 1800s. Its origin is uncertain, but it may derive from the word brother, which was once one of its meanings. It is thought that it may have come from the way that a small child might pronounce (or mispronounce) brother (much like how young children sometimes say sissy instead of sister). Other theories include that it is based on the British term butty, which also means “friend or workmate.”
A buddy is most often a friend, as in I’d like you to meet my buddy Greg or My buddies and I are going to the moves—do you want to come? It’s also a term of address (Thanks, buddy!) or endearment, such as from a parent to a child. In these examples, it’s most often applied to men and boys (perhaps influenced by its possible origin in brother), but this is not always the case.
Buddy is sometimes paired with another word to specify what kind of activity two people do together, as in hiking buddy or bowling buddy. This usually implies that this is the primary or only situation in which the two friends hang out. (Of course, it’s very possible for your bowling buddies to become your best buddies.)
A buddy can also be a work companion or someone who you’re paired with, such as for a school project or in the context of the buddy system, which is the pairing of people together for safety. Relatedly, buddy is sometimes used as a verb in the phrase buddy up, often meaning “to pair up.” And to buddy up to someone is to become more friendly with them.
When used as a term of address, buddy doesn’t always refer to a pal. It’s sometimes used to address a stranger in a condescending way, as in Watch where you’re going, buddy!
Buddy is sometimes used in a more specific way to refer to a person who helps a coworker who has returned to the workplace with a disability, or someone who supports and helps to care for a person with AIDS.
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What are some other forms of buddy?
- buddies (plural)
- bud (shortened form)
What are some synonyms for buddy?
What are some words that share a root or word element with buddy?
What are some words that often get used in discussing buddy?
How is buddy used in real life?
Buddy can be used in many ways, but most of them refer to a friend, companion, or partner.
Your spouse should be the one who tells you to be safe and enjoy when you go out with your buddies.
Not the one who complains and gets mad at you.
Marriage is partnership not ownership.
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I need someone to be my workout/hiking buddy ):
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Example sentences from the Web for buddy
Willingham soon suspected his buddy was involved in bad stuff.
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.
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|David Freedlander|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first thing Buddy did was to stoop and study attentively the dead snake, to see if the tail still wiggled.
Anyway, it did Buddy a lot of good and must have been fine practice.
Dick Grimes called to him, to know if he wanted any help, and Buddy yelled, "No!"
Buddy ran and got it, and in one end he made a loop, just like the cowboys do when they lasso a wild steer, or a horse.Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg|Howard R. Garis
Any kind of a fox, deceased or otherwise, is fair game for Buddy.