bud·​dy | \ ˈbə-dē How to pronounce buddy (audio) \
plural buddies

Definition of buddy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2 : fellow used especially in informal address


buddied; buddying

Definition of buddy (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become friendly usually used with up or with



Definition of buddy (Entry 3 of 3)

: featuring a friendship or partnership between the two main usually male characters a buddy movie

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Synonyms & Antonyms for buddy

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of buddy in a Sentence

Noun His fishing buddy just bought a new boat. my old college buddy is the one person I can always turn to
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My child is super independent and does not want to have a travel buddy. oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 The mom and pop who run El Sitio — Jose and Sanjua Gil — are the parents of a close high school buddy, someone Javier admires for his community work. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Maybe a buddy sends you a link to a video of Steph Curry draining three after three. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Now Pat and a buddy, Chris, want to start a pizzeria, Pat’s Pies. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 While Terri was working at a local pizza parlor, Ronald stopped in to visit a buddy. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 And thus a one-on-one date becomes a three-on-good-luck-buddy. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 13 July 2021 Call it a video travel buddy for people who are blind, said Ken Rodgers, who has used the Aira app while shopping at Target, patronizing Starbucks and traveling through the Minneapolis-St. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Connolly, who was playing with Bobby King, a buddy from Dallas, was overwhelmed by the surroundings. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His political opponents are aghast that a former human-rights lawyer, imprisoned as a student activist for opposing South Korea’s own military dictatorship, could buddy up to a man like Kim. Time, 23 June 2021 That work ethic has drawn comparisons to buddy Collin Sexton. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2020 His complicated struggles to accept this team as well as having to buddy up with an actual terrorist was so fun to watch. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2019 He's already barged into the campaign, slamming Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and buddying up with Brexit Party boss Nigel Farage — a constant thorn in Johnson's right side. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 Dec. 2019 To maximize the use of a Zero Waste Box consider buddying up with friends, family or co-workers. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 25 June 2019 Indeed, even those who were inclined to buddy up to Trump appear to be changing course. Washington Post, 7 June 2018 The afternoon after the Supreme Court’s oral argument, the political world seemed transfixed by President Trump’s buddying up to Kanye West. Dara Lind, Vox, 27 Apr. 2018 Jon Gray, Vice President and General Manager of the Palms Casino Resort, suggests buddying up to locals for intel on the best bars and restaurants; some of his own favorites include Herbs & Rye, Sen of Japan, and Other Mama. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Admission was originally free, but after the third suicide, the Related Companies, which built and controls Hudson Yards, imposed a $10 entrance fee and a buddy rule. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 30 July 2021 Based on a viral 2015 Twitter thread, the film, directed by Janicza Bravo and starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough and Nicholas Braun, is like a buddy road trip on ecstasy -- plenty of comedy and a guide to the hoe game as a bonus. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 3 July 2021 Sort of a Willy Wonka competition-reality mixed with a buddy comedy. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 June 2021 For an early morning breakfast Beach Break Cafe in Oceanside offers large traditional breakfasts—great to split with a buddy post-surf (beachbreakcafe.net). Sara Clemence, WSJ, 4 June 2021 So, yeah, for a minute there, in its usual and unique mix of quirky comedy and genuine horror, the episode became a buddy cop story as father and son worked together to catch the killer. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 19 May 2021 Thus begins a rollicking buddy action-comedy-romance that made a star out of Ledger and helped solidify its supporting players as future screen stalwarts. Benjamin Lindsay, Vulture, 14 May 2021 The Miracle League of Harford County ball field was in full action last weekend as Miracle League players, with buddy assistance, played softball on the new field off Schucks Road in Churchville. Aegis Staff, baltimoresun.com, 29 Apr. 2021 After Dark, hosted by a pairing that’s bound to helm a buddy comedy down the line, Colman Domingo and Andrew Rannells. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of buddy


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1918, in the meaning defined above


1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buddy


probably baby talk alteration of brother

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“Buddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a close friend
used to address a man who you do not know
: a person who does some activity with you



English Language Learners Definition of buddy (Entry 3 of 2)

: telling a story about a friendship between two usually male characters


bud·​dy | \ ˈbə-dē How to pronounce buddy (audio) \
plural buddies

Kids Definition of buddy

: a close friend

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