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bud·​dy ˈbə-dē How to pronounce buddy (audio)
plural buddies
: fellow
used especially in informal address


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buddied; buddying

intransitive verb

: to become friendly
usually used with up or with


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: featuring a friendship or partnership between the two main usually male characters
a buddy movie

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
The Dude, and his bowling buddies on a journey that includes a kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity, and lots of White Russians. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Convenience at Your Fingertips with the Sofa Buddy Discover the convenience of the sofa buddy, a versatile caddy that securely holds your remote, drinks, snacks, phone, and more. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 When Dave was in the military as a 20-something, a buddy was killed after an evening incautiously spent at a Belfast pub. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 The Gear Skeptic Based on the sheer number of lines in the water alone, party boat fishing is not an intimate experience like you and a buddy or two fishing on a private boat. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2023 These irresistibly soft and snuggly plush toys can be the perfect bedtime, reading, and snuggling buddy. Maya Polton, Parents, 7 Nov. 2023 At the ceremony, the audience raised their glasses to Yamazaki, heralding the legendary bookseller as a mentor, above-par drinking buddy and champion of bookshops and the larger community. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Your buddy can also help support the fish for photos. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023 This stand was dubbed The Luxury Suite by one of my hunting buddies. The Editors, Field & Stream, 1 Nov. 2023
Some young fish like to buddy up with stinging jellies to stay safe from predators. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2016 Only Jack Harlow and Dua Lipa buddy up at Variety's Hitmakers Brunch, presented by IHG Hotels and Resorts, at Studio 13 at City Market Social House on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles. People Staff, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2022 To mark its inclusion, Harry agreed to buddy up with Tokyo Paralympics silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger for a round of doubles back in April. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Nov. 2022 The chance to buddy up with some of the best in the game is another opportunity first-time All-Stars should not overlook, Bieber said. Joe Noga, cleveland, 18 July 2022 Our lives will never be the same without you buddy. Virginia Chamlee, PEOPLE.com, 4 July 2022 Tweens and teens can buddy up at Edge and Vibe, respectively, two chic hangouts with activities curated specifically for them. Brie Schwartz, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 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
Swift shared a smile with buddy Blake Shelton backstage at the 2007 CMT Awards. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2022 No current quarterback can match the power runs of Allen, the Padres fan whose buddy Trevor Hoffman married a Bills cheerleader. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2022 There may never be another buddy comedy pair with chemistry like John Cho and Kal Penn. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 30 Nov. 2022 It’s a buddy movie where the buddies can also go their separate ways. Marta Balaga, Variety, 20 Aug. 2022 Blockbuster adopts that formula but also adapts it; through Percy, in particular, Blockbuster becomes not just a workplace comedy but also a family comedy and a buddy comedy. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 3 Nov. 2022 Since Brett Favre arrived in 1992, the Packers have 78 more wins than the Bears … With last Monday’s win, Kyle Shanahan has won seven straight regular-season meetings over his buddy Sean McVay of the Rams. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2022 Post-apocalyptic survival meets the anxious buddy humor of Humpday in Biosphere, a mysterious and hilarious pic that really can’t be discussed much without saying things a prospective viewer would be better off not hearing. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022 His friend, Tim Pyles, reached out to his buddy Brian Witkin, head of Pacific Records in San Diego, who made the connection with Gibbons. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



probably baby talk alteration of brother

First Known Use


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1918, in the meaning defined above


1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buddy was in 1896

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“Buddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddy. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural buddies

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