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See also: Buddy
1802, colloquial 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. Alternatively, an alteration of brother.
buddy (plural buddies)
- A friend or casual acquaintance.
- Synonyms: bud, mate; see also Thesaurus:friend
- They have been buddies since they were in school.
- 1951, J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Little, Brown and Company, →OCLC, page 23:
- He told us we ought to think of Jesus as our buddy and all. He said he talked to Jesus all the time. Even when he was driving his car. That killed me.
- A partner for a particular activity.
- An informal and friendly address to a stranger; a friendly (or occasionally antagonistic) placeholder name for a person one does not know.
- (In Maritime English) A person far removed from the conversation.
- I found some earphones in the pocket, buddy must have been pissed.
- Buddy's loaded. 'Got like three houses.
- battle buddy
- blow buddy
- bosom buddy
- buddy bench
- buddy block
- buddy booth
- buddy boy
- buddy breathe
- buddy film
- buddy list
- buddy memory allocation
- buddy movie
- buddy pack
- buddy parent
- buddy parenting
- buddy pod
- buddy store
- buddy system
- buddy taping
- buddy up
- buddy wrapping
- bus buddy
- butt buddy
- cuddle buddy
- cut buddy
- fuck buddy
- quit buddy
- study buddy
friend or casual acquaintance
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 buddied)
- (transitive) To assign a buddy, or partner, to.
From Middle English buddy, buddi, equivalent to bud + -y.
buddy (comparative more buddy, superlative most buddy)
- Resembling a bud.
- 1963, John Herbert Goddard, Chrysanthemum Growers' Treasury, page 18:
- Some of the dwarfer varieties are full of buddy growths in the early stages and these must be cut down and thrown away.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “buddy”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, retrieved November 2008.
- ^ “buddy”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- ^ “buddy”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
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