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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.
[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.
someone who ​providesfriendlyhelp to someone with an ​illness or a ​problem: We ​run a buddy ​system to ​supportrecoveringalcoholics.
(Definition of buddy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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buddynoun [C]

 us   /ˈbʌd·i/ infml
a ​closefriend: We were ​great buddies and did many things together.
(Definition of buddy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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