Definitions

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  • n. A good friend.
  • v. To hang out with friends.

Etymologies

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Choctaw itibapishili ("sibling, one who was nursed together with (someone)"). The English term was first used in print in 1962 in Faulkner's The Reivers.

Examples

  • Hall said her all-time favorite word is bobbasheely, used in Gulf Coast states as a noun meaning a good friend or a verb to hang around with a friend.

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  • A noun or verb used in the US Gulf Coast states which means a "close friend" or "to be a close friend with someone" or "to act friendly towards someone'. The word is from the Choctaw verb ittibaphishili - to nurse together as brothers. The word is described in DARE - Dictionary of Regional American English.

    http://dare.wisc.edu/DARENEWS71.pdf

    See also an article, which I haven't read, in American Speech 75.4, Winter 2000 - Bobbasheely

    by Joan Houston Hall.

    June 27, 2009