mate (n.)
fellow, individual
1H6 III.i.99[Third Servingman to Gloucester, of the King] To be disgraced by an inkhorn mate
2H4 II.iv.120[Doll to Pistol] you poor, base, rascally, cheating, lack-linen mate!
E3 III.iii.53[King John to King Edward] I condemn thee for ... a needy mate
TS I.i.58[Katherina to Baptista] is it your will / To make a stale of me amongst these mates? [pun on 'husband': 59]
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