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matey

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[ mey-tee ]
/ ˈmeɪ ti /
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noun, plural mate·ys.Chiefly British Informal.

comrade; chum; buddy.

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Origin of matey

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First recorded in 1825–35; mate1 + -y2

Definition for matey (2 of 2)

matey2
[ mey-tee ]
/ ˈmeɪ ti /

adjective Chiefly British Informal.

sociable; friendly: a matey chat.

Origin of matey

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First recorded in 1910–15; mate1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM matey

mate·y·ness, mat·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for matey

matey

maty

British informal

adjective

friendly or intimate; on good terms

noun

friend or fellow: usually used in direct address

Derived forms of matey

mateyness or matiness, noun
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