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- (informal, becoming old-fashioned)
a friend see also pen pal 朋友；伙伴；哥们儿Extra ExamplesTopics Family and relationshipsc2 She became quite good pals with the woman in the shop. 她和店里的那个女人成了很好的朋友。 Thanks—you're a real pal. 谢了，你真够哥们儿。
used to address a man in an unfriendly way （对男子的不友好的称呼）家伙，小子 If you try to take what's mine, pal, I'll make you sorry! 如果你想拿走我的东西，伙计，我会让你后悔的！
Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Romany, ‘brother, mate’, based on Sanskrit bhrātṛ ‘brother’.