Synonyms of mate in English:


See definition of mate


1‘he's gone off to the pub with his mates’


friend, companion, boon companion, comrade, intimate, familiar, confidant, alter ego, second self

playmate, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, team-mate, flatmate, room-mate

pal, chum, buddy, bosom pal, sidekick, cully, spar, crony, main man

china, mucker, butty, oppo

North American amigo, compadre, paisan, cohort, bro

South African gabba, homeboy

Northern English Scottish marrow, marrer

archaic compeer

rare fidus Achates

2‘see you later, mate’


man, my friend

pal, chum

cock, squire, matey

dated old fellow, old bean, old boy, old chap, old fruit

Irish Welsh boyo

North American bud, buster, amigo, Mac, bro, bubba, bo, jack, partner

NZ Australian cobber, digger

Indian bhai, yaar

South African jong, okie

3‘she's finally found her ideal mate’


partner, husband, wife, spouse, lover, live-in lover, amour, significant other, inamorato, inamorata, companion, helpmate, helpmeet, consort

informal POSSLQ, POSSLQ person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters, other half, better half, hubby, missus, missis, old man, old lady, old woman

British informal dutch, trouble and strife

4‘I can't find the mate to this sock’


match, fellow, twin, companion, pair, one of a pair, other half, equivalent, counterpart

5‘a plumber's mate’


assistant, helper, apprentice, subordinate

collaborator, accomplice, aider and abetter

informal sidekick


1‘pandas rarely mate in captivity’


breed, couple

formal copulate

2‘the cow was mated with a Charolais bull’


couple, pair, join, bring together

3‘people tend to mate with people from their own social class’


marry, get married to

wed, pair up, form a relationship

informal shack up