bud·dy (bŭdē) Informal
n. pl. bud·dies
1. A good friend; a comrade.
2. A partner, especially one of a pair or team associated under the buddy system.
3. Friend or comrade; chum. Used as a form of familiar address, especially for a man or boy: Watch it, buddy.
intr.v. bud·died, bud·dy·ing, bud·diesPhrasal Verb:
To associate as a buddy or buddies: buddied around with the older guys.
To ingratiate oneself, as by presuming friendship: buddied up to the coach in hopes of making the team.
[Probably alteration of BROTHER.]
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