Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A good friend; a comrade.
  • noun A partner, especially one of a pair or team associated under the buddy system.
  • noun Friend or comrade; chum. Used as a form of familiar address, especially for a man or boy.
  • intransitive verb To associate as a buddy or buddies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A friend or casual acquaintance.
  • noun A partner for a particular activity.
  • noun An informal and friendly address to a stranger; a friendly placeholder name for a person one does not know.
  • verb To assign a buddy, or partner.

Etymologies

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

Probably alteration of brother.

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