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A partner, companion, or friend.
[Variant of partner.]
dialect US friend or partner: used as a term of address
partner; friend (often used in direct address).
[1785–95, Amer.; alter. of partner]
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|Noun||1.||pardner - an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest; "the musician and the librettist were collaborators"; "sexual partners"|
associate - a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor; "he had to consult his associate before continuing"
bridge partner - one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game
dancing partner - one of a pair of people who dance together