Definitions

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

  • noun A pal; a buddy.

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

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  • noun Australian term for a pal

Etymologies

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

[Possibly from dialectal cob, to take a liking to.]

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Probably from UK dialect cob ("take a liking to"). Also suggested is Yiddish חבֿר (khaver, "comrade"), which is borrowed from Hebrew חבר (khavér, "friend").

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