Originating from a certain public school which might be somewhere in the south of England perhaps, this is usually shouted at someone who has none. When yelled, it means "aha, you have no friends."
After a bad joke: "Oh, mates Jim."

OR, when talking about someone, "oh yeah, Jim has mates."

Except we come from good backgrounds therefore know nobody by the name of Jim.
by Ed W, who is Lord November 09, 2004

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Slang for "friend" used in New Zealand, Britain, Australia and Tasmania
"What's goin' on mate?!"
by Daniel September 22, 2004

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1. A friend or companion.
2. A sexual partner.
1. This is my mate Eddie.
2. This is my mate Eddie.
by louis October 18, 2001

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the traditional greeting in Australia
g'day mate how r ya?
by Phill August 16, 2003

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A male companion to share beer and sports with.
Me and my mate go to the PUB every Friday after to work to have a beer and watch the footy.
by The Slater November 04, 2003

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A word meaning friend or in some cases, the equivolent of "man". Most often used in Australia, New Zealand and Britain.
"G'day mate"

"Me and me mates hit the pub the other night and got plastered"
by Codesta August 10, 2005

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Word describing a friend, recognisably Australian though also used in Britain and New Zealand. In Australia, the term is most commonly used between men, when they cannot remember each other's names.
Man 1: Hey mate, how you going?
Man 2: I'm alright mate - hey mate, isn't that a mate of yours?
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Something Kiwis say when they want to be like Australians.
Put yir sendels on maite!
by Taswegian February 01, 2005

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