Definition of matey in US English:



  • Used as a familiar and sometimes hostile form of address, especially to a stranger.

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

  • Familiar and friendly; sociable.

    ‘a fixed, matey grin’
    • ‘No one does matey bonhomie better than him.’
    • ‘It seemed a harmless, matey gesture towards Wimbledon's decent, docile supporters.’
    • ‘Even the matey chattiness wore through my cynical armour after a while.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pub's sole other occupant, a middle aged man, addressed me in a posh, matey voice.’
    • ‘The matey management style has been replaced by the good cop, bad cop double act.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He, matey thoroughgoing professional that he is, suffers from nothing of the sort.’
    • ‘The fans imagined they knew Lennon through his posturing, sincere or not; McCartney through his matey charm; Starr through his scouser-comic bit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most everyone at Parliament, even Winston, is quite matey with Rodney.’
    • ‘Of course it doesn't hurt that it's one of the songs where his matey big brother persona grates least.’
    • ‘But don't be lulled by this snug, matey pedigree.’
    • ‘I hated myself for doing this, for being so completely suckered by the matey corporate chef.’
    • ‘It was this matey mentality that he, obsessed with his specialness, found maddening.’
    • ‘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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