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

Peloton’s digital workout buddies have become a special kind of modern family. Leah Groth, Glamour, "Peloton’s Online Community Is Changing the Fitness Game for Moms," 9 Apr. 2019 De Sousa’s eldest sibling, Denise, and buddy Darren Sanders, a former city policeman who now works as security chief for the Baltimore Ravens football team, spoke on De Sousa’s behalf before sentencing. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ex-police boss gets 10-month prison sentence for tax fraud," 29 Mar. 2019 Fortunately, her chance would come again: A year later, the actress originally slated to play Rambeau, the tough Air Force buddy of Larson’s Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Yolanda Machado, Marie Claire, "Lashana Lynch Is Changing the Face of Superhero Movies," 4 Mar. 2019 In terms of being buddies with the King of Pop, Donny has frequently talked about his friendship with Michael in interviews over the years. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Fan Theory About Who the Peacock Is on 'The Masked Singer' Is Legit the Best One," 31 Jan. 2019 A new month starts soon, so there's plenty of time to grab a buddy and lace up your shoes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See What 'Counting On' Star Anna Duggar Looks Like After Doing a 50-Mile Walking Challenge," 19 Mar. 2019 Those plans changed after Rezal Kusumaatmadja, an old Cornell buddy and an environmentalist, convinced him to attend a United Nations climate-change conference in Bali in 2007. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 On September 27, Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee about her encounter with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his high school buddy and football teammate, Mark Judge. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's High School Drinking Buddy?," 2 Oct. 2018 The Philadelphia native had moved out to L.A. to follow his girlfriend and was attending night classes while working a full-time job -- as was high school buddy and bandmate Sam Cooper. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Mt. Joy's Matt Quinn on 'Surreal' Success, Dropping Out of Law School and Writing No. 1 Hit 'Silver Lining'," 28 June 2018

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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