noun U.S. Dialect.

(in direct address) friend.

Origin of pardner

1785–95, Americanism; alteration of partner reproducing voiced flap, here with nasal release, of American medial t between voiced sounds Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pardner

Contemporary Examples of pardner

Historical Examples of pardner

  • “Whoa, Pardner,” sang out Rhodes, back of them as he slid out of the saddle.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • You don't pull that stuff on me, pardner; you'd better vacate.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • He's the sleepin' pardner of the house of Collingsby and Whippleton.

    Desk and Debit

    Oliver Optic

  • My name's Whippleton—Mrs. Whippleton; and my son's his pardner.

    Desk and Debit

    Oliver Optic

  • “Search my trunk, pardner,” she said with her old-time impish grin.


    Caroline Lockhart

British Dictionary definitions for pardner



US dialect friend or partner: used as a term of address
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