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

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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 The photos of Eckert, who lives in San Diego, and his buddy running in snowshoes, pulling sleds of gear, sleeping in bone-chilling minus-50 temps and encountering moose, so many moose, take on an otherworldly tone. Los Angeles Times, "The law that could make L.A. a lot wilder," 4 Mar. 2021 Who needs a bench buddy: The Fair Housing Resource Center in Painesville is looking to install a bench at a Geauga County school. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Pull back the curtain for the arts: Valley Views," 22 Mar. 2021 My buddy in Austin has been a dear friend since first grade at Holy Souls School. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "Shine on," 20 Mar. 2021 So Haile and a buddy walked hundreds of miles to Kenya, often at night to avoid soldiers. Star Tribune, "One idled Minnesota hotel-industry veteran opted for other work," 14 Mar. 2021 Make sure to bring a buddy — and to check the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine website for more information. Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, "Where to Go Backcountry Skiing in New England," 10 Mar. 2021 Still, the company says BFF has been extremely popular, particularly for people like new moms, those who have just moved to a new city because of remote work, and those who already have enough best friends, but are looking for, say, a yoga buddy. Laura Forman, WSJ, "You’ve Got a Friend in New Social-Media Apps," 6 Mar. 2021 If that's not reason enough to make room for a botanical buddy or three, studies also suggest plants improve productivity in an office setting. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Unexpected Ways to Upgrade Your Home Office," 25 Feb. 2021 In a world with its cover torn off, the idea of a man in his eighth decade yearning for a baseball buddy seemed to spark something in people. New York Times, "He Just Wanted to Play Catch. They Got Relief From Troubled Times.," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That work ethic has drawn comparisons to buddy Collin Sexton. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Isaac Okoro, known for his lockdown defense, impressing in camp with better-than-expected offense," 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, "We ranked every episode of Arrow," 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, "The most powerful destabilizing force facing NATO today," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Affleck grew up in Cambridge, not far buddy, Matt Damon. BostonGlobe.com, "George Clooney keeps ‘Tender Bar’ cameras rolling, greets fans, and even poses for a selfie in Ashby," 8 Apr. 2021 After Smeagol's buddy Deagol finds the One Ring lying in a riverbed, the two friends fight over the precious gold object until Smeagol emerges victorious. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The 5 most surprising moments from the Lord of the Rings adaptation you've never heard of," 7 Apr. 2021 One great system that has worked especially well has been a buddy program. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Tech Leaders Share Smart Strategies To Support New Team Members," 6 Apr. 2021 And if that's still too difficult, players can enlist a friend to help out in a co-op mode that lets a buddy control support characters that create platforms, protect the protagonist or carry him across obstacles. Star Tribune, "'Ghosts 'n Goblins' arcade game series gets a fittingly tough 'Resurrection'," 17 Mar. 2021 Maybe a buddy comedy starring himself and Chris Hemsworth? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Regé-Jean Page, Chris Evans, and Ryan Gosling Are Doing a Movie Together," 3 Mar. 2021 Demeter and her buddy Hecate went off looking for her. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Springtime in S.F. brings surprise flowers, hope," 2 Mar. 2021 Zootopia at its heart is a buddy comedy with a do-gooder cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) teaming up with a sneaky criminal (Jason Bateman) to solve a slew of missing-mammals cases in the eponymous metropolis. Josh Spiegel, Vulture, "A Crash Course in the History of Disney Animation Through Disney+," 11 Jan. 2021 Baldwin founded Onè Respè, a buddy program that pairs teenagers at Cleveland Independent Schools with students from the International Newcomers Academy. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Strongsville student named Male Semper Fidelis All-American of the Year," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Buddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of buddy (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : telling a story about a friendship between two usually male characters


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

Kids Definition of buddy

: a close friend

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