from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fat herring with undeveloped roe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fresh herring in which the roe or milt is perfectly but not largely developed.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I agree that single patrolling is a bad idea, I have lost count of the times I have stopped 2 or more known criminals seeing me on my own 1 will “kick off” requiring all my diplomacy and tact to calm him down while matie with the class A/Stolen items walks away quietly.

    ‘Single Crewed’ In Ruralshire « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I worked in the shipping industry for two decades and I knew ship's captains and mates who risked their lives sailing through waters infested by real pirates; not the "Aargh, Avast ye matie" shouting buffoons with funny hats, but desperate young men in high speed boats wielding AK47s and RPGs.

    Richard Spilman: "The Golden Age of Piracy" or Long John Silver in a Tank

  • You'll reinstitute the dual pronoun or you'll walk the plank, matie!" or, even "Aaarh!

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • I'm not sure why, or what it means to you personally, but the fact still remains, that today is the day... matie

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • Between men of the incoming and outgoing battalions such casual greetings were exchanged as: "Wot's it like up here, matie?"

    A Soldier's Sketches Under Fire

  • "You've everything fixed nicely, have you, matie?"

    Sonnie-Boy's People

  • "You're all right, matie!" he said, slapping Dan-on the shoulder.


  • Because the cook was on the floor and the matie had to do the work.

    Behind the Bungalow

  • I take it as sufficient evidence of this fact that, though even the matie could tell you that the pots ought to be tinned once a month, neither the butler nor the cook ever seems to remember when the day comes round.

    Behind the Bungalow

  • Arggg, 'dem used game be dee real villains, matie!


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