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buddy

[buhd-ee]Informal.
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noun, plural bud·dies.
  1. comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
  2. bud2.
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verb (used without object), bud·died, bud·dy·ing.
  1. to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
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Verb Phrases
  1. buddy up,
    1. to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms.
    2. 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.
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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

buddy

noun plural -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
  3. a volunteer who gives help and support to a person who has become disabled but is returning to work
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verb -dying or -died
  1. (intr) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
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Word Origin

C19: probably a baby-talk variant (US) of brother
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Word Origin and History for buddy up

buddy

n.

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.

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buddy

v.

1931, perhaps originally U.S. underworld slang, usually with up, from buddy (n.). Related: Buddied; buddying.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with buddy up

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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