[ buhd-ee ]
/ ˈbʌd i /
noun, plural bud·dies.
comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
verb (used without object), bud·died, bud·dy·ing.
to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
- 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.
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Origin of buddy
1840–50, Americanism; perhaps reduced form of brother
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British Dictionary definitions for buddy up
/ (ˈbʌdɪ) /
noun plural -dies
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
verb -dying or -died
(intr) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
Word Origin for buddy
C19: probably a baby-talk variant (US) of brother
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Idioms and Phrases with buddy up
Be very friendly, as in He is always wanting to buddy up with me, but I don't really like him. [Slang; early 1900s]
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