Definition of compadre in English:



  • A way of addressing or referring to a friend or companion.

    • ‘When I came back up both radios, I found the HAC was still conversing with our compadres to the southwest about workable areas and weather.’
    • ‘And guilt-free it is, as Dora and her compadres spend their time singing, dancing, and teaching kids how to solve logic problems.’
    • ‘On the night I visited, myself and my compadres were the only customers there, and the huge emptiness of the restaurant created a weird, quiet atmosphere of its own that I liked.’
    • ‘Assuming one of my compadres has slipped, I brace for the fall, a routine reflex; however, because I do not believe my anchors will hold, my heart plugs my throat and I wait to be plucked into eternity.’
    • ‘Speedy decides to get cheese for his starving compadres.’
    • ‘I have been to the tax office at Constant Spring Road all too often, and I know that this is the Tax Office that most of my friends and compadres visit.’
    • ‘I led my compadres over to my usual spot, back in the corner where no one could hear us talk.’
    • ‘Through a familiar process of chain migration, homeland relatives, neighbors, and friends joined compadres in specific Alabama towns and workplaces.’
    • ‘You just landed yourself some cool compadres, Jacob.’
    • ‘The annual regatta got off to a good start yesterday with a steady force three breeze, which was in marked contrast to the conditions experienced by their sailing compadres on the west coast.’
    • ‘Again, our Canadian compadres could teach us a thing or two.’
    • ‘You might not know the difference between a soufflé and an étouffée, but your cooking compadre probably already knows the basics and then some.’
    • ‘Put those rumors to rest, my toon-loving compadre.’
    • ‘He and his compadres purportedly climbed a chimney system on the southwest face.’
    • ‘Romero says all this and makes it believable - until three customers walk away and hear howls of laughter behind them, coming from Romero's compadres.’
    • ‘After leaving my compadres (who made wiser parking choices) I hung around in the lot waiting for the traffic to die down.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, suffering doesn't make people compadres.’
    • ‘If a card is outsold by 80% of its compadres, it gets tossed in the trash bin.’
    • ‘A heavily moustached man, upon noticing us, shushes his compadres: ‘Shut up, there are people here!’’
    • ‘A chronological list allows cooperating alumni and faculty to peruse for friends and compadres in their era.’
    companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associate
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Mid 19th century: Spanish, literally godfather hence benefactor, friend Compare with compère and gossip.