mat-eyer

matey

2 [mey-tee]
adjective Chiefly British Informal.
sociable; friendly: a matey chat.

Origin:
1910–15; mate1 + -y1

mateyness, matiness, noun
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matey or maty (ˈmeɪtɪ)
 
adj
1.  friendly or intimate; on good terms
 
n
2.  friend or fellow: usually used in direct address
 
maty or maty
 
adj
 
n
 
'mateyness or maty
 
n
 
'matiness or maty
 
n

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matey
1833, dim. of mate (n.) in its male friend sense.
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