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buddy

bud·dy

buddy

 
pronunciation:
buh di
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part of speech: noun
inflections: buddies
definition 1: (informal) a friend; pal.
 
synonyms:
chum, crony, mate, pal
similar words:
associate, comrade, familiar, friend, intimate, playmate
definition 2: used to address a male, usu. one whose name is unknown.
synonyms:
bud, mister
similar words:
sir, son, sonny
Word History
Buddy is probably a baby-talk version of "brother." It may also have come from the English phrase "booty fellow," a name for someone who shared in stolen "booty" or loot.