Meaning of “buddy” in the English Dictionary

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"buddy" in British English

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buddynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌd.i/ us /ˈbʌd.i/ informal

a friend:

Bob and I have been buddies for years.

someone who provides friendly help to someone with an illness or a problem:

someone who does an activity with you so that you can support and encourage each other:

We became workout buddies.
a study buddy

[ 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.

[ as form of address ] US used by an adult talking to a young boy in a friendly and kind way:

Are you okay there, buddy?

(Definition of “buddy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buddy" in American English

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buddynoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʌd·i/ infml

a close friend:

We were great buddies and did many things together.

(Definition of “buddy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)