bud·​dy | \ˈbə-dē \
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

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


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

Here, a psychopath on the lam (William Talman) holds hostage two buddies, O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy, who must weigh their fealty to each other against survival. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Celebrating a Film Pioneer at 100," 6 Nov. 2018 The Washington Nationals star puts Gallo's fandom almost to shame, though Gallo hosted several Golden Knights watch parties over the off-season for his buddies, including Harper. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' Gallo rooting from afar as Golden Knights take NHL, Vegas by storm," 29 May 2018 And there was Tufty and his buddy, clearly stumbling, clearly slurring their words, clearly drunk. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "53 years after stealing deputy's badge as a drunk teen, this KC minister returned it | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The mystery man passing off the veggies then robbed Spence at gunpoint, leaving him and his drug-dealing buddy, Lucas Seeger, out $3,000, according to testimony in court. David Ovalle, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broccoli passed off as weed sparked events that led to teen shot dead outside gym," 19 Apr. 2018 The Van Gogh of the film is in his waning years, and disdained by most of his peers — including, to some extent, his buddy Paul Gauguin, played by Oscar Isaac. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh," 14 Nov. 2018 He and his buddies pulled 30 to 35 people to safety. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Real Men Saved Lives in Thousand Oaks," 12 Nov. 2018 Looks like most of her moves have made it over intact as well, and her little robot buddy. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release hints, No Man's Sky heads under the sea," 2 Nov. 2018 After the service, Bieber was escorted out by friends, instead of his normal church buddy/wife, Hailey Baldwin. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Seen Looking Distraught After News of Selena Gomez’s Emotional Breakdown," 12 Oct. 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


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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The first known use of buddy was in 1896

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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



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

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


bud·​dy | \ˈbə-dē \
plural buddies

Kids Definition of buddy

: a close friend

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