matey (n.) 1833, dim. of MATE (Cf. mate) (n.) in its "male friend" sense + -Y (Cf. -y) (3).

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  • matey — matey·ness; matey; …   English syllables

  • matey — an informal word meaning ‘sociable’, is spelt with an e in preference to maty …   Modern English usage

  • matey — ► ADJECTIVE (matier, matiest) Brit. informal ▪ familiar and friendly. DERIVATIVES mateyness (also matiness) noun matily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • matey — [māt′ē] adj. matier, matiest [ MATE1 + Y3] [Brit. Informal] friendly; companionable n. [Brit. Informal] a chum; buddy; pal …   English World dictionary

  • matey — [[t]me͟ɪti[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If someone is matey, they behave in a very friendly way, usually without sincerity. [BRIT, INFORMAL] Frost had displayed his usual matey charm as the pair sipped orange juice on national TV. ...her irritatingly matey …   English dictionary

  • matey — I UK [ˈmeɪtɪ] / US adjective Word forms matey : adjective matey comparative matier superlative matiest British informal friendly matey chat II UK [ˈmeɪtɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms matey : singular matey plural mateys British spoken used… …   English dictionary

  • matey — mat|ey1 [ˈmeıti] adj BrE informal behaving as if you were someone s friend matey with ▪ She s been very matey with the boss lately. matey 2 matey2 n BrE informal used by men as a very informal or disrespectful way of speaking to another man …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • matey — mat|ey1 [ meıti ] noun count BRITISH SPOKEN used by men for talking in a friendly or threatening way to other men matey mat|ey 2 [ meıti ] adjective BRITISH INFORMAL friendly: matey chat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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