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buddy

noun [C] uk   /ˈbʌd.i/ informal us  
a friend: Bob and I have been great buddies for years.Friends, acquaintances and contemporaries [as form of address] US (also bud) used when talking to a man, sometimes in a friendly way but often when you are annoyed: Drink up and go home, buddy.Friendly and unfriendly terms of address someone who provides friendly help to someone with an illness or a problem: We run a buddy system to support recovering alcoholics.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiringPeople who help or serve people professionallyHelpers and accomplicesHelpers and accomplicesPeople who help or serve people professionally
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