English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
butty ( “ companion ” ), also the form of an older dialect term meaning workmate, associated with coal mining. Itself believed derived from 1530 as booty fellow, a partner with whom one shares booty or loot.
Sometimes referred to in North American dictionaries as an alteration of
Pronunciation [ edit ]
buddy ( plural )
friend or casual acquaintance.
They have been buddies since they were in school. A
partner for a particular activity.
drinking buddies An informal and friendly address to a stranger; a friendly placeholder name for a person one does not know.
Hey, buddy, I think you dropped this.
Synonyms [ edit ]
( friend or acquaintance ): mate ( address to a stranger ): mate
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
friend or casual acquaintance
仲間 (ja) ( なかま, nakama ), 相棒 (ja) ( あいぼう, aibō ) Khmer:
សំលាញ់ ( sɑmlienh ) Persian:
رفیق (fa) ( rafiq ) Polish:
kumpel (pl) m Portuguese:
companheiro (pt) m Russian:
дружо́к (ru) m ( družók ), прия́тель (ru) m ( prijátelʹ ) Serbo-Croatian:
друшкан , m druškan (sh) m Spanish:
compañero (es) , m acompañante (es) , m, f camarada (es) , m, f cuate (es) m Swedish:
kompis (sv) , c polare (sv) c Turkish: ahbap (tr)
partner for a particular activity
informal address to a stranger
buddy ( third-person singular simple present , buddies present participle , buddying simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To assign a buddy, or partner, to.
2007, Philip Briggs & Danny Edmunds, Mozambique: The Bradt Travel Guide ,  , page 86: →ISBN If you are being formally buddied, have a good chat with your buddy and find out their interests -- these should more or less match your own.
References [ edit ]
buddy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018, retrieved November 2008.