buddy

noun
bud·​dy | \ ˈbə-dē \
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

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 Instagram is its main competition with kids, but most of my buddies would rather delete Instagram than lose Snapchat if they were forced to pick just one. WSJ, "Snapchat’s Flash Hasn’t Faded Among Teens," 30 Dec. 2018 Getty ImagesJoe Giddens - PA Images At this year's Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton chatted like the best of buddies on the walk to the church (feud? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This Is Why Meghan and Harry Showed PDA While William and Kate Didn't at Christmas Service," 25 Dec. 2018 And not much later, Gram Parson’s buddies hauled his body and casket out to Joshua Tree and set it all on fire. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "People Keep Finding Bodies in Joshua Tree," 20 June 2018 But Bush’s own son also fit into this presidential mold, satisfying voters as a promising drinking buddy and a leader of authentic moral character. Julia Azari, Vox, "Death of a statesman: George H.W. Bush’s legacy," 6 Dec. 2018 But Vector is angled more as a home buddy than a toy. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Anki’s latest robot Vector is available today," 15 Oct. 2018 Super Hornet fighters could extend that range by carrying a buddy tanking system, allowing them to refuel other Hornets and Super Hornets, but that job put unwanted pressure on the Super Hornet fleet and removed aircraft from the strike role. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Will Build the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Carrier-Based Tanker Drone," 4 Sep. 2018 Grab a buddy and dress up like Elle and Lee at their costume birthday party! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Best "The Kissing Booth" Halloween Costume Ideas," 16 Aug. 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 \
plural buddies

Kids Definition of buddy

: a close friend

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