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[mey-tee] /ˈmeɪ ti/

noun, plural mateys. Chiefly British Informal.
comrade; chum; buddy.
[mey-tee] /ˈmeɪ ti/
adjective, Chiefly British Informal.
sociable; friendly:
a matey chat.
friendly or intimate; on good terms
friend or fellow: usually used in direct address

1833, diminutive of mate (n.) in its “male friend” sense + -y (3).


A friend of the same sex; a friend or companion: Give me a hand, mate (1380+)


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