Definition of matey in English:

matey

(also maty)

noun

British
informal
  • Used as a familiar form of address to a man:

    ‘shove off, matey, she's mine’
    • ‘Go and meet some real workers some day and support an under dog for once instead of the managerial ‘over dog’, matey.’
    • ‘By an amazing twist of fate, matey, you're talking to the bloke with an honours degree in Spanish and Portuguese.’
    • ‘But whichever way he tilted his head, the bottom line still read: ‘Looks like you're going to lose, matey.’’
    • ‘I'll give you a hint - if you need to advertise (and if you're going to use that photo) you're beyond help, matey…’
    • ‘Besides - I haven't heard from YOU in a while either matey!’
    • ‘He rolled his swag out and he said, ‘Rolled out your swag for you, matey, you can camp here’, or something like that.’
    • ‘Well it's not going to be because of me, matey, is it?’
    • ‘I know Dean's lurked here at least a little, so on the off chance he's reading this, take care matey.’
    • ‘Then you'll have all the answer you need, matey.’
    • ‘To which they replied: ‘Clearly not you, matey.’’
    • ‘Sorry, no treatment for you, matey!’
    • ‘It's selling the Big Issue from now on, matey, I reckon.’
    • ‘No wonder you have to take it out on children, matey.’
    • ‘You'll need more than that, matey, going by your opinion polls.’
    • ‘Yes, and we'll carry on being in denial until you sort your statistics out, matey.’
    • ‘If you are hopeless, matey, you're certainly not alone…’
    • ‘And I thought, ‘Just you DARE say something rude, matey, and I'll be onto you!’’
    man, my friend
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adjective

British
informal
  • Familiar and friendly; sociable:

    ‘a matey grin’
    • ‘It seemed a harmless, matey gesture towards Wimbledon's decent, docile supporters.’
    • ‘Most everyone at Parliament, even Winston, is quite matey with Rodney.’
    • ‘He could drink as much as the next man, but there was still something about him that seemed to hold back as the evening developed into the usual matey banter about football rivalries.’
    • ‘It was this matey mentality that he, obsessed with his specialness, found maddening.’
    • ‘He lacked the friendly demeanour and matey style.’
    • ‘The pub's sole other occupant, a middle aged man, addressed me in a posh, matey voice.’
    • ‘Mel has become quite matey with the woman opposite, Sybille, who writes self help books and whose house smells strongly of incense.’
    • ‘I hated myself for doing this, for being so completely suckered by the matey corporate chef.’
    • ‘A Tory frontbencher, waiting to enter the Chamber while the Speaker's chaplain said prayers on the other side of the swing doors, was subjected to prolonged and matey chatter by the entire team of Treasury ministers.’
    • ‘Even the matey chattiness wore through my cynical armour after a while.’
    • ‘But don't be lulled by this snug, matey pedigree.’
    • ‘Of course it doesn't hurt that it's one of the songs where his matey big brother persona grates least.’
    • ‘Imagine my surprise when he failed to succumb to my charms and rather politely put me in a cab and sent me home without so much as a matey punch on the arm.’
    • ‘The fans imagined they knew Lennon through his posturing, sincere or not; McCartney through his matey charm; Starr through his scouser-comic bit.’
    • ‘No one does matey bonhomie better than him.’
    • ‘He, matey thoroughgoing professional that he is, suffers from nothing of the sort.’
    • ‘The matey management style has been replaced by the good cop, bad cop double act.’
    • ‘They defended each other against any accusation and began to walk to and from training together, forming little clusters of matey conspiracy between them.’
    • ‘She doesn't realise she has; it's a matey thing.’
    • ‘He has a lazy, matey sort of north London accent, longingly smokes each cigarette, as if it is his last, and has an acerbic wit, usually directed against himself.’
    friendly, amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, warm, pleasant, pleasing, nice, likeable, personable, charming, agreeable, sympathetic, benevolent, benign, good-humoured, good-natured, kindly, kind, courteous, civil, gracious, approachable, accessible, amenable, sociable, outgoing, gregarious, convivial, jovial, clubbable, comradely, neighbourly, welcoming, hospitable, obliging, easy-going, informal, open, communicative, unreserved, uninhibited, natural, relaxed, easy
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Pronunciation:

matey

/ˈmeɪti/