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bud·dy

buddy

 
 
pronunciation:
buh di
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part of speech: noun
inflections: buddies
definition 1: (informal) a friend; pal.
His buddies like to go fishing together every other weekend.
 
synonyms:
chum, mate, pal
similar words:
associate, comrade, friend, playmate
definition 2: a name used when the real name of a male is not known.
Hey, buddy, get your dog off my lawn!
similar words:
sir, son
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.