Mate (pronounced "mahtay" and also called by its full name "yerba mate)) is a medicinal and cultural drink of ancient origins. Introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America, Mate contains ingredients that help keep its drinkers healthy and energetic. It is quickly replacing coffee among the health conscious and cultural hipsters. It is addictive.
There is no way I will be able to make through the party without more mate, I will crash.
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anyone you don't know or can't remeber the name of
"hey johno long time no see how are you?"
- "yeah good... mate yourself??"
"hey watch it mate"
by JMSMD AKA CHOMP October 27, 2007

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A multipurpose word in Australian cultural context which can denote friendly affectation or alternatively, threat depending on the context in which it is used.

Australian culture can be confusing to outsiders when they call those they like, cunts, and those they dont like, mate.

Its all in the tone and context.
1: (friendly greeting) How ya goin mate.
2: (threat) I wouldn't try that if I were you,...mate!
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A slang term, used often by Australians and in Britain. Can also be used when trying to persuade someone.
Bully: 'Hey mate, we bin budds for aaaages...Gimmie your lunch money."

Poor, innocent victim: "But..."
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To reproduce with a member of the oppsite sex.
Lookit those dogs mate! The dude's like a jackhammer! ... ... ... I'm gonna go join in.
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The word "Mate" is a word commonly used in Britain, New Zealand and Australia. It is also used by ethnic communities in Britain such as the East Asian community (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).

"Mate" is commonly spelled as "M8" in Text Language or LeetSpeak.
The word "Mate" can be used in a variety of ways, from greetings to flip-offs to sarcasm.

A week ago I was cycling home from work and this twat of a driver nearly knocked me off because he was desperately trying to get through the traffic lights. He called me a "Twat" and I shouted "Fuck off mate!" at him. This is just one example.

Here is a list of examples and situations in which "Mate" may be used:

Greeting: "Hello mate!"
Sarcasm: "Mate that was fucking orgasmic"
Endearment: "Mate you're a legend."
Flippancy: "Alright mate keep your hair on"
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What Australian males call every other male, saving them from having to learn people's names. Sometimes even extended to females.
gidday mate how ya been?
hey mate! you're a total tosser
Mate! you just backed into my car!
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