/may"tee/, n., pl. mateys. Chiefly Brit. Informal.
comrade; chum; buddy.
[1825-35; MATE1 + -Y2]
mateyness, matiness, n.
/may"tee/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Informal.
sociable; friendly: a matey chat.
[1910-15; MATE1 + -Y1]

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