- 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
- 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 and History for buddy up
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.
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]