Definition of buddy in US English:

buddy

noun

North American
informal
  • 1A close friend.

    • ‘As an aside, before Christmas I ran into a buddy from high school.’
    • ‘Sure I have friends, but not real friends, not the kind of close buddies that you share everything with.’
    • ‘It's a relationship that's grown - Joe and I are firm friends now, best buddies.’
    • ‘Then he stood at attention and saluted in the direction of his fallen buddy, a friend he would never see again.’
    • ‘I have no friends, I have no family, I have no pals, no buddies, no chums, no amigos, nothing.’
    • ‘I lost the light of my life, my buddy, my best friend.’
    • ‘I don't know if they'll ever be close buddies, but they definitely get on better these days.’
    • ‘Since they're best friends, his buddy would know where he was and who he was with.’
    • ‘He frustrates me but we are best friends, blood buddies.’
    • ‘It's the most advanced and stylish way to interact with family, friends or online buddies.’
    • ‘You need these people to be your friends - your childless buddies will drop you like hot coals when the baby is born.’
    • ‘Still, he is the innocuous core that links a huge cast of eccentric characters, foremost his war buddy and closest friend Samad Iqbal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was and will always be my best friend; my closest buddy.’
    • ‘Sean is broke, so his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc suggests he gets a job at the local car wash.’
    • ‘Everyone should be blessed with a friend like my buddy Pete Haggins.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I will be having a final farewell party this Friday with all my buddies, climbing friends, old coworkers, old classmates and random strangers.’
    • ‘Growing up in the 1920s, his closest buddy was Fats Domino before his family relocated to Portland, Oregon, where Lee took up featherweight boxing.’
    • ‘Well guess who are friends, buddies and dealmakers together?’
    • ‘In ‘Reunion,’ six high school friends investigate a buddy's death.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My coworker buddy and I might be taking a knitting course together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One day, in a fit of tomfoolery, she and one of her coworker buddies dress up in a guest's expensive clothing.’

verb

[no object]North American
informal
  • Become friendly and spend time with someone.

    ‘I decided to buddy up to them’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White rhinos apparently get a different benefit from buddying up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first clown I buddied up with spent the entire dive hurtling between the bottom and the surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You just want to buddy up to me so that you can feel good about yourself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I got to work yesterday and there was the new trainee buddied up with Jackie.’
    • ‘As a senator, Lyndon Johnson buddied with Texas companies like Brown & Root, but its fingerprints on his presidency weren't all that notable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One night in the summer of 1971, he buddied up to Wylie in the infield to inquire about the car.’
    • ‘It's not the first time that Dylan has decided to buddy up to a huge corporation to sell his music.’
    • ‘Trust me, I've tried this before: buddying up to famous writers, businesspeople, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We actually got to buddy around with the man himself’
    • ‘He hadn't been buddying up to her just to be friendly, he wanted something out of her.’
    • ‘Seymour and Cypress offer the most off-piste snowshoeing, so remember to buddy up and check avalanche and weather conditions.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

buddy

/ˈbədē//ˈbədi/