WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bud•dy /ˈbʌdi/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -dies. 
  1. Informal Termsa friend:All his buddies showed up for the surprise party.
  2. Informal Terms bud2 :Buddy, can you spare a dime?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bud•dy  (budē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -dies, v.,  -died, -dy•ing. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termscomrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
  2. Informal Termsbud2.

  1. Informal Termsto be a companion;
    be friendly or on intimate terms.
  2. Informal Termsbuddy up: 
    • to become friendly;
      be on friendly or intimate terms.
    • to work closely together:to buddy up with a student from another high school.
  3. Informal Termsbuddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of:He was buddying up to the political bosses.
  • perh. reduced form of brother 1840–50, American.

Bud•dy  (budē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

buddy /ˈbʌdɪ/ n ( pl -dies)
  1. chiefly US Canadian
    an informal word for friend
    Also called (as a term of address): bud
  2. a volunteer who visits and gives help and support to a person suffering from AIDS
vb ( -dying, -died)
  1. (intransitive) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
Etymology: 19th Century: probably a baby-talk variant (US) of brother

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Collocations: use the buddy system [at the fair, on the field trip], buddy (up) with her, buddy her (up) with him, more...

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