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

  • n. A friend; a chum.
  • intransitive v. To associate as friends or chums. Often used with around.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A friend, buddy, mate, cobber, someone to hang around with.
  • v. Be friends with, hang around with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mate; a partner; esp., an accomplice or confederate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of pale.
  • n. Partner; mate; chum; accomplice.
  • n. An abbreviation of Palestine
  • n. of paleontology.

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

  • v. become friends; act friendly towards
  • n. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities


Romany phral, phal, from Sanskrit bhrātā, bhrātr-, brother.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Angloromani phal, from Romani phral, from Sanskrit भ्रातृ (bhrātṛ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr. Cognates also include English brother, Ancient Greek φράτηρ (phratēr), Latin frater. (Wiktionary)



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