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.
Origin of buddy
Related Words for buddy upmix, accompany, join, advise, patronize, crouch, grovel, mingle, consort, amalgamate, hobnob, confederate, fraternize, pool, assist, help, uphold, welcome, back, favor
noun plural -dies
verb -dying or -died
Word Origin for buddy
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.
Be very friendly, as in He is always wanting to buddy up with me, but I don't really like him. [Slang; early 1900s]