The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
NOUN: Regional A partner, companion, or friend.
ETYMOLOGY: Variant of partner.
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Many people should be familiar with a hearty "Howdy, pardner!" done in a western drawl, but I was a bit surprised to find this listed in several dictionaries as a variant spelling of partner. I always figured it for an unofficial pronunciation spelling.
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