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  1. Southern African informal a student at the University of Stellenbosch, esp one representing the University in a sport
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Word Origin

perhaps from Afrikaans tamatie tomato, from the red colour of the rugby jersey
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  • "It's up to you now, Matie," the stevedore had said to the impatient first officer.

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  • And hell get his share, along with the rest of us, matie, said Abe quickly.

  • I come pretty near knowing it, matie, said Joe in a low voice.

  • "Willie said you could talk about pottery all night," cried Matie.

  • I doubt not but yor diligence & care will be such as wyll be very acceptable to his Matie.