Definition of matey in English:


(also maty)


  • Used as a familiar form of address to a man.

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

    ‘a matey grin’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most everyone at Parliament, even Winston, is quite matey with Rodney.’
    • ‘Mel has become quite matey with the woman opposite, Sybille, who writes self help books and whose house smells strongly of incense.’
    • ‘He lacked the friendly demeanour and matey style.’
    • ‘No one does matey bonhomie better than him.’
    • ‘The matey management style has been replaced by the good cop, bad cop double act.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hated myself for doing this, for being so completely suckered by the matey corporate chef.’
    • ‘He, matey thoroughgoing professional that he is, suffers from nothing of the sort.’
    • ‘Even the matey chattiness wore through my cynical armour after a while.’
    • ‘It seemed a harmless, matey gesture towards Wimbledon's decent, docile supporters.’
    • ‘They defended each other against any accusation and began to walk to and from training together, forming little clusters of matey conspiracy between them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pub's sole other occupant, a middle aged man, addressed me in a posh, matey voice.’
    • ‘But don't be lulled by this snug, matey pedigree.’
    • ‘It was this matey mentality that he, obsessed with his specialness, found maddening.’
    • ‘She doesn't realise she has; it's a matey thing.’
    • ‘Of course it doesn't hurt that it's one of the songs where his matey big brother persona grates least.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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