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 Dozens obliged and shared photos of their quarantine buddies. cleveland, "Guidelines set during pandemic to help keep customers, staff safe as Weber’s marks its 90th season: A Place in the Sun," 18 May 2020 My buddy, who was supposed to be there to support my efforts, just laughed and laughed. B.s. Harris, Popular Mechanics, "Go Ahead, DIY Everything—Even If You Occasionally Fail," 7 May 2020 Trump has appointed impeachment conspiracy theorist (and Roger Stone buddy) Michael Caputo as . . . Deroy Murdock, National Review, "A Patriot and a Professional," 17 Apr. 2020 And of Parvati sharing his Fire Tokens with the rest of her buddies on the Edge? Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War recap: Podium idol attack!," 9 Apr. 2020 Other top Trump donors, allies, gold buddies, and Cabinet officials also have various ties to hydroxychlorquine. TheWeek, "Trump has a 'small personal financial interest' in hydroxycholorquine drugmaker. Allies have bigger stakes.," 7 Apr. 2020 One of his buddies recalled that things like his sandals, Army socks and underwear began to go missing in the night after Gutierrez became his bunk mate in Special Forces selection training. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Family, friends salute slain GI in his San Antonio hometown," 21 Feb. 2020 On Sundays, Hereford and Barfield and some of their restaurant buddies would meet for drinks at Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar on Magazine Street. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "Meet the Alabama chef who’s making noise in New Orleans," 14 Nov. 2019 There’s a snapshot on a bookshelf of him with several of his police buddies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Books: At 82, Joseph Wambaugh may be done writing, but his influence endures," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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Time Traveler for buddy

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The first known use of buddy was in 1896

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Buddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddy. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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