from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Australian A pal; a buddy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pal, buddy, mate, friend; often used in direct address by one male to another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Australian term for a pal


Possibly from dialectal cob, to take a liking to.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from UK dialect cob ("take a liking to"). Also suggested is Yiddish חבֿר (khaver, "comrade"), which is borrowed from Hebrew חבר (khavér, "friend"). (Wiktionary)


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