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

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 trick-or-treating buddy, conversely, was Rapunzel. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 22 Apr. 2022 That’s because our high-quality CBD oil contains everything Fido need to feel his best, no matter how young or old his buddy is. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 And what buddy could be more ideal for him than his own self, 30 years later? Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 Eventually Bryce discovers his buddy is an alien, and while Thomas is initially relieved to have someone know his secret, the CIA and FBI have been tracking him since his arrival on Earth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Feb. 2022 Seeing where his old buddy is today, certain qualities that may have seemed odd then make a lot more sense now. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Use the same looping technique as the traditional Latchkits rug to create a 3D cuddle buddy. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 One day, the five of us were sitting on the wall and a buddy comes up and said his brother was in the Coast Guard, and a bunch of guys in the Coast Guard were growing some cannabis out on the Point Reyes peninsula. Christian Orozco, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Viral videos have shown Spot performing acrobatics and even using its front foot to hold a door open for a buddy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To mark its inclusion, Harry agreed to buddy up with 2021 Tokyo Paralympics silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger for a round of doubles. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Apr. 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is a buddy comedy adventure involving an elite North Korean soldier and an espionage official from South Korea. Andy Meek, BGR, 10 Mar. 2022 There's literally a camel being milked by our buddy Glen (Clark Middleton). Laura Sirikul, EW.com, 5 Mar. 2022 The events that transpire turn the film into a buddy comedy-meets-Cage-style action movie. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2022 In circles, otherwise known as buddy groups—safe spaces where women could get together and share their stories. Courtney Rubin, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2022 The iQIYI original drama may not be a buddy drama, but there’s definitely bromance. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The untitled show, which sources say Fox envisions as a possible companion to Call Me Kat, is a buddy comedy about two women who are placed in the witness protection program. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2022 The mothers said their children grew up in a community where they always have been accepted by every school group, whether through a buddy program in elementary school or an adaptive PE program in high school. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Disney has a winner in The Ghost and Molly McGee, a buddy comedy starring the relentlessly optimistic titular tween and a crotchety ghost with a heart of gold who haunts the attic of her new home. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for buddy


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

Kids Definition of buddy

: a close friend

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