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

Ocasek, who sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band's songs, and Benjamin Orr, who played bass and also sang, were ex-hippie buddies who formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. CBS News, "Wife recounts finding Ric Ocasek after he died: "I touched his cheek"," 17 Sep. 2019 Ocasek, who sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band's songs, and Benjamin Orr, who played bass and also sang, were ex-hippie buddies who formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. Andrew Dalton, baltimoresun.com, "Rock star Ric Ocasek of The Cars, a Baltimore native, is dead at 75 from cardiovascular disease," 16 Sep. 2019 Ocasek, who sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band's songs, and Benjamin Orr, who played bass and also sang, were ex-hippie buddies who formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. Tom Hays And Andrew Dalton, chicagotribune.com, "Rocker Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75," 16 Sep. 2019 Ocasek, who sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band’s songs, and Benjamin Orr, who played bass and also sang, were ex-hippie buddies who formed The Cars in Boston in 1976. Andrew Dalton, Twin Cities, "Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75," 15 Sep. 2019 It's meant to send $20 to your buddy, not $2,000 to your wife to pay the rent. Christopher Elliott, courant.com, "Problem Solved: Rent money sent via Venmo now in limbo," 15 Sep. 2019 Castro also could have criticized Biden’s old running buddy, former President Barack Obama, who enthusiastically signed a health-care law (the ACA) that ultimately left nearly 30 million people uninsured. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Castro’s snark attack divides the Democratic base," 14 Sep. 2019 But the McGraw-Jonas friendship doesn’t end there — Nick Jonas and McGraw are golf buddies! Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "See All the Stars Who May Turn Up at Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's Wedding in France," 26 June 2019 Dogs and humans have been buddies for at least 20,000 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Dogs Weren’t the Workhorses We Thought They Were," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To maximize the use of a Zero Waste Box consider buddying up with friends, family or co-workers. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "Contact lenses, corks and Christmas lights can all be recycled. Here’s how.," 25 June 2019 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

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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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