comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
bud2 .
to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
buddy up,

to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms.
to work closely together:
to buddy up with a student from another high school.

buddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of:
He was buddying up to the political bosses.
a male given name.
Charles (“Buddy”) 1868?–1931, U.S. cornet player: early pioneer in jazz.
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Historical Examples

Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
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Quin Alice Hegan Rice

noun (pl) -dies
(mainly US & Canadian) an informal word for friend Also called (as a term of address) bud
a volunteer who visits and gives help and support to a person suffering from AIDS
a volunteer who gives help and support to a person who has become disabled but is returning to work
verb -dying, -died
(intransitive) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
Buddy, real name Charles Bolden. 1868–1931, US Black jazz cornet player; a pioneer of the New Orleans style

Lenny Kent, a long-time fave here, is really in his element. … After four weeks here he’s got everone in town saying, “Hiya, Buddy, Buddy” with a drawl simulating his. [Review of Ned Schuyler’s 5 O’Clock Club, Miami Beach, Fla., “Billboard,” Nov. 12, 1949]

Buddy system attested from 1920.

A man’s closest male friend; pal •During WWI this term took on a particularly strong sentimental value
A male’s partner in work or sport


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