buddy

noun
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

buddy

verb
buddied; buddying

Definition of buddy (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become friendly usually used with up or with

buddy

adjective

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

alter ego, amigo, chum, compadre, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, pal

Antonyms: Noun

enemy, foe

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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 buddy Lindsey Keesling Hoffart, 36, is just as busy as Carolyn. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "I Don’t Need Meditation Apps. I Need Real, Genuine Solitude.," 14 Jan. 2019 But your buddy Jason is happy to sound like a crass jerk! Jason Gay, WSJ, "Expand the Playoff, College Football," 16 Dec. 2018 And now our buddy Jamie's out here having extremely specific dreams about birth marks on Brianna's body. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Biggest Reveals from 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 Defending champ Jordan Spieth is in the field this week, as is his buddy Justin Thomas. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Travelers Championship Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 20 June 2018 Under each man's name was a hometown, but the name Harold Thomas never jumped out before because San Jose, California, was listed beneath it, and the group of friends had just always assumed their buddy was actually from Louisiana. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Search for Vietnam vet nicknamed 'Louisiana' finds bittersweet end in California," 4 June 2018 Extracted from the wreckage are the following story points: Solo's buddy Lando Calrissian (Keenan Montgomery) is hopelessly in love with Annie (Kaitlyn Tanimoto), daughter of archvillain Grand Moff Levine (Ari Stidham). F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "'Solo Must Die,' and so must this 'Star Wars' musical spoof," 11 May 2018 Flanagan, who has an appointee on the state’s impotent ethics commission known as JCOPE, made public statements about what a good guy his buddy Klein is, apparently caring not at all at how that would poison any potential investigation. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "Is New York the Most Corrupt State in the Nation?," 11 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine any other designer hanging out with her customers like this, taking on the role of adviser or mentor, or even shopping buddy. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "Diane and Talita von Furstenberg Turn an American Empire into a Family Dynasty," 7 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Indeed, even those who were inclined to buddy up to Trump appear to be changing course. Washington Post, "Trump rarely conducts business as usual with foreign leaders," 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, "How Trump’s travel ban became normal," 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, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Las Vegas," 23 Feb. 2018 Paul has since been seen buddying up with Trump on the golf course. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Rand Paul calls out hypocrisy of GOP in the Trump era," 9 Feb. 2018 On another wall: a picture of Dixie Fuller, former stage manager for the band Alabama, buddying up with ZZ Top. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Where to stay, eat and explore in Chattanooga, Tenn.," 25 Sep. 2017 The Rabbids show up in a time-traveling washing machine, the helmet accidentally gloms onto one of the bunch, who kicks off a rash of transmogrifications, hybridizing characters and beloved landscapes before buddying with the usual Mario villains. Matt Peckham, Time, "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle," 28 Aug. 2017 The duo appeared to have patched up their differences and were seen buddying up at the Grammy Awards in 2014 before Swift presented an award to West at the MTV VMAs later that year. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Is Not Purposely Releasing Reputation on the Death Anniversary of Kanye West's Mom, Says Label," 25 Aug. 2017 Buddying up helps students afford higher rents and compete with long-time residents and families. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Lack of housing forces residents to look beyond Corvallis," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of buddy

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buddy

Noun

probably baby talk alteration of brother

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The first known use of buddy was in 1896

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buddy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : a close friend
US, informal + sometimes impolite used to address a man who you do not know
: a person who does some activity with you

buddy

adjective

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

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

buddy

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

Kids Definition of buddy

: a close friend

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