matey

adjective
mat·​ey | \ ˈmā-tē How to pronounce matey (audio) \

Definition of matey

chiefly British

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Other Words from matey

mateyness \ ˈmā-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce mateyness (audio) \ noun, chiefly British

Examples of matey in a Sentence

a boss who is matey with his staff the pub keeper adopted a matey tone with me, as if he were my dearest chum

First Known Use of matey

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matey was in 1915

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“Matey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matey. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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