Definition of buddy in English:



North American
  • 1A close friend:

    ‘they had become the best of buddies’
    • ‘In ‘Reunion,’ six high school friends investigate a buddy's death.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I will be having a final farewell party this Friday with all my buddies, climbing friends, old coworkers, old classmates and random strangers.’
    • ‘Then he stood at attention and saluted in the direction of his fallen buddy, a friend he would never see again.’
    • ‘Growing up in the 1920s, his closest buddy was Fats Domino before his family relocated to Portland, Oregon, where Lee took up featherweight boxing.’
    • ‘I don't know if they'll ever be close buddies, but they definitely get on better these days.’
    • ‘Still, he is the innocuous core that links a huge cast of eccentric characters, foremost his war buddy and closest friend Samad Iqbal.’
    • ‘Well guess who are friends, buddies and dealmakers together?’
    • ‘He frustrates me but we are best friends, blood buddies.’
    • ‘He was and will always be my best friend; my closest buddy.’
    • ‘Since they're best friends, his buddy would know where he was and who he was with.’
    • ‘As an aside, before Christmas I ran into a buddy from high school.’
    • ‘Sean is broke, so his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc suggests he gets a job at the local car wash.’
    • ‘I have no friends, I have no family, I have no pals, no buddies, no chums, no amigos, nothing.’
    • ‘You need these people to be your friends - your childless buddies will drop you like hot coals when the baby is born.’
    • ‘It's a relationship that's grown - Joe and I are firm friends now, best buddies.’
    • ‘Sure I have friends, but not real friends, not the kind of close buddies that you share everything with.’
    • ‘Everyone should be blessed with a friend like my buddy Pete Haggins.’
    • ‘I lost the light of my life, my buddy, my best friend.’
    • ‘It's the most advanced and stylish way to interact with family, friends or online buddies.’
    • ‘It follows four buddies, Asian-American high school students in Southern California who get caught up in a tumultuous rush of drugs, crime, and violence.’
    friend, companion, boon companion, comrade, intimate, familiar, confidant, alter ego, second self
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    1. 1.1 A working companion with whom close cooperation is required.
      • ‘But Shaft spends the entire movie partnered with his cop buddies, all of whom are made to make a point of saying how much trouble they'll be in for helping Shaft.’
      • ‘Another report, this one by British Telecom and Gartner Group, said that the average telecommuter works 11 percent more hours than his office buddy.’
      • ‘When we found out we were in some of the same classes, we became study buddies and we became friends from that point on.’
      • ‘My coworker buddy and I might be taking a knitting course together.’
      • ‘Instead, imagine a writing buddy or a good friend who appreciates the efforts you make and never puts you down. o Find a ritual or routine to help you through the process.’
      • ‘One day, in a fit of tomfoolery, she and one of her coworker buddies dress up in a guest's expensive clothing.’
      • ‘Invite a coworker to work alongside you, even if you're doing different tasks, just so you have some company. Having a work buddy helps both of you get your tasks done.’
      • ‘Naturally, I got to meet up with quite a few of my Army buddies, some of whom I have not seen in a long time.’
    2. 1.2 A person who befriends and helps another with an incapacitating disease, typically AIDS:
      ‘gay male counsellors, buddies, and helpline volunteers are available upon request’
      • ‘I am astonished at how many poets, writers and artists are carrying their share of the burden as caregivers, companions, home visitors, "buddies," AIDS educators -- whatever needs to be done, they're doing it.’
      • ‘A buddy volunteer may also provide resource and referral information and emotional support for a person with HIV/AIDS over the telephone.’
      • ‘With the use of a database and a search engine, you will be able to find a cancer buddy of your own choice from the comfort of your own home who has lived through the same experience as you.’
      • ‘To combat this, the charity runs a buddy scheme, whereby volunteers befriend patients, offering support and companionship.’
      • ‘AIDS Buddies is a program aimed to bring a little comfort, a sense of social life, and community activity to the residents at the Don Miller House.’
    3. 1.3 Used as a form of address to a man whose name is not known:
      ‘I'm working on it, buddy’
      • ‘‘You've taken my luck, buddy,’ he humphs, as he collects his remaining chips and leaves.’
      • ‘Well, I hope the stakes weren't too high, Joe, because you lost, buddy.’
      • ‘I thank you for your suggestion, but back off, buddy.’
      • ‘But when you're done, you're coming right back here, buddy!’
      • ‘I say ditch her and jump the next plane back here to Paris, buddy.’
      • ‘Now, Darce, buddy, how about you run along and get William here a soda, he looks quite parched.’
      • ‘Do us all a favor, buddy, and just give back the painting.’
      • ‘Where did you get your journalism degree, buddy?’
      • ‘Well, I just wanna tell you, buddy, you're not alone.’
      • ‘I've got some harsh words for you, buddy, so have a seat.’
      • ‘‘Don't worry, buddy, it's just me,’ I sigh, wondering what went through his head today.’
      • ‘Aficionados of comic book blockbusters will be shouting in unison, ‘Get green, buddy!’’
      • ‘C'mon George, show some muscle when it counts, buddy.’
      • ‘Clearly all of those people wearing red or white in the crowd are here to cheer for you, buddy.’
      • ‘The terse answer from a ticket agent: ‘If we find something, you're not going anywhere, buddy.’’
      • ‘That ain't even the name of the bar anymore, buddy.’
      • ‘Often he will give Jon a parting look that says, ‘You're on your own, buddy.’’
      • ‘I can always tell how I'm doing by the number of sentences that start with, ‘Now, listen, buddy.’’
      • ‘He yells, ‘Excuse me, buddy, but do you know what we're supposed to do about this thing?’’
      • ‘Sky High nudges your funny bone and then stands back with a hearty grin and says, ‘No offence, buddy.’’


[NO OBJECT]North American
  • Become friendly and spend time with someone:

    ‘I decided to buddy up to them’
    • ‘Given the choice, both Celtic and Rangers would be happy to buddy up to Uefa by playing in the Champions League, because it remains the ultimate club competition.’
    • ‘The first clown I buddied up with spent the entire dive hurtling between the bottom and the surface.’
    • ‘You just want to buddy up to me so that you can feel good about yourself.’
    • ‘As a senator, Lyndon Johnson buddied with Texas companies like Brown & Root, but its fingerprints on his presidency weren't all that notable.’
    • ‘The great thing is that this voting has nothing whatsoever to do with the merits of the song, but gives the Eurovision nations an opportunity to buddy up with their neighbours or sneer at old enemies.’
    • ‘The only way to let your hair down in Geneva is to buddy up to a local and follow their lead.’
    • ‘So to the kids who are endlessly in search of a place to skate: you may want to buddy up to the boys in Field Day.’
    • ‘It's not the first time that Dylan has decided to buddy up to a huge corporation to sell his music.’
    • ‘With the usual mixed group of abilities off the Sharm dayboats, the plan was to follow the reef to the north-east before returning along the same wall at a shallower depth, with everyone buddied up and following their own route.’
    • ‘I'll admit that Tom opened the door for me, but I had to buddy up with them and get to know them just like everybody else before they let me into their little circle.’
    • ‘I got to work yesterday and there was the new trainee buddied up with Jackie.’
    • ‘Some wonder whether this is not a poor substitute for learning by doing - just jumping into the media pool and picking up the craft by buddying with a more senior mentor.’
    • ‘Seymour and Cypress offer the most off-piste snowshoeing, so remember to buddy up and check avalanche and weather conditions.’
    • ‘I didn't have any work friends for a really long time, but after a year or so it started happening gradually as I started buddying up with various people.’
    • ‘White rhinos apparently get a different benefit from buddying up.’
    • ‘He hadn't been buddying up to her just to be friendly, he wanted something out of her.’
    • ‘Trust me, I've tried this before: buddying up to famous writers, businesspeople, etc.’
    • ‘One night in the summer of 1971, he buddied up to Wylie in the infield to inquire about the car.’
    • ‘In about a month, we'll be attending an event to which she is also invited, and I'm dreading her efforts to buddy up to my boyfriend.’
    • ‘We actually got to buddy around with the man himself’


Mid 19th century (originally US): perhaps an alteration of brother, or a variant of butty.