matey

2
[mey-tee]

Origin of matey

2
First recorded in 1910–15; mate1 + -y1
Related formsmate·y·ness, mat·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for matiness

matey

maty

British informal
adjective
  1. friendly or intimate; on good terms
noun
  1. friend or fellow: usually used in direct address
Derived Formsmateyness or matiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matiness

matey

n.

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

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