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matey1

[mey-tee] /ˈmeɪ ti/
noun, plural mateys. Chiefly British Informal.
1.
comrade; chum; buddy.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; mate1 + -y2

matey2

[mey-tee] /ˈmeɪ ti/
adjective, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
sociable; friendly:
a matey chat.
Origin
1910-15; mate1 + -y1
Related forms
mateyness, matiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for matey

matey

/ˈmeɪtɪ/
adjective
1.
friendly or intimate; on good terms
noun
2.
friend or fellow: usually used in direct address
Derived Forms
mateyness, matiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matey
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for matey

mate

noun

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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