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, 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

That changed in the 1990s when a woman at a local Holocaust museum, referred to him by one of his Army buddies, called to ask him to speak at an event. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "'We Weren't Prepared for This.' Inside the Accidental Liberation of a Concentration Camp," 26 Jan. 2018 Youfit Health Clubs: Because working out is more fun with a buddy, the clubs are offering a free trial pass. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Lots of buy one, get one deals today for National Best Friends Day," 8 June 2018 Drinks: Add bottomless mimosas to your brunch for $20 or just split a $10 domestic draft pitcher with your buddies. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018 Chef Chan Yan-tak and his four work buddies push through plastic door flaps and squeeze into a fluorescent-lit, Cantonese diner in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 Your old buddies—the ones with weird hair but brilliant ideas and total loyalty, will have to be hidden in the basement. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Oh, anyway, next, Professor Gutfeld, our buddy, enlightens us on claims that liberals are causing the decay of U.S. cities. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 The follow-up film had Dracula and his buddies trying to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson as a way of keeping Mavis from leaving the hotel. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 The follow-up film had Dracula and his buddies trying to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson as a way of keeping Mavis from leaving the hotel. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 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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Phrases Related to buddy

buddy up

the buddy system

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The first known use of buddy was in 1896

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More Definitions for buddy

buddy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of buddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a close friend

—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)

: 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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