Definition of matey in English:

matey

(also maty)

noun

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

    ‘don't worry, matey, it 's all part of my plan’
    ‘that 's my seat, matey’
    • ‘To which they replied: ‘Clearly not you, matey.’’
    • ‘Sorry, no treatment for you, matey!’
    • ‘And I thought, ‘Just you DARE say something rude, matey, and I'll be onto you!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's selling the Big Issue from now on, matey, I reckon.’
    • ‘You'll need more than that, matey, going by your opinion polls.’
    • ‘Well it's not going to be because of me, matey, is it?’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘He rolled his swag out and he said, ‘Rolled out your swag for you, matey, you can camp here’, or something like that.’
    • ‘Go and meet some real workers some day and support an under dog for once instead of the managerial ‘over dog’, matey.’
    • ‘No wonder you have to take it out on children, 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…’
    • ‘Besides - I haven't heard from YOU in a while either matey!’
    • ‘I know Dean's lurked here at least a little, so on the off chance he's reading this, take care matey.’
    man, my friend

adjectivematier, matiest

informal
  • Familiar and friendly; sociable.

    ‘a matey grin’
    • ‘He lacked the friendly demeanour and matey style.’
    • ‘It seemed a harmless, matey gesture towards Wimbledon's decent, docile supporters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one does matey bonhomie better than him.’
    • ‘They defended each other against any accusation and began to walk to and from training together, forming little clusters of matey conspiracy between them.’
    • ‘It was this matey mentality that he, obsessed with his specialness, found maddening.’
    • ‘The fans imagined they knew Lennon through his posturing, sincere or not; McCartney through his matey charm; Starr through his scouser-comic bit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She doesn't realise she has; it's a matey thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The matey management style has been replaced by the good cop, bad cop double act.’
    • ‘Even the matey chattiness wore through my cynical armour after a while.’
    • ‘He, matey thoroughgoing professional that he is, suffers from nothing of the sort.’
    • ‘Of course it doesn't hurt that it's one of the songs where his matey big brother persona grates least.’
    • ‘I hated myself for doing this, for being so completely suckered by the matey corporate chef.’
    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

Pronunciation

matey

/ˈmeɪti/