Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British Sociable; friendly.

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  • adj. Sociable or friendly.
  • n. Diminutive of mate, friend.
  • n. A fellow sailor; often used affectedly, especially as a pirate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having the relationship of friends or pals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals

Etymologies

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From mate +‎ -y.

Examples

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  • You can turn any love song into a sea chantey by substituting "matey" for "baby."

    September 2, 2009