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noun Chiefly British Informal.
  1. man; fellow; guy.

Origin of bloke

First recorded in 1850–55; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for bloke

Historical Examples

  • The Bloke who had such strong objections to me is her sweetheart.

    An Old Meerschaum

    David Christie Murray

  • Yesterday, Amaryllis, I was some bloke, because I was useful to you.

  • Nothing remained for any bloke to teach Bough about the sex.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • You can see the trench and the head of the bloke what's working that tac-tac of theirs.

  • I didn't tell all what happened in the stall to-day when that bloke were here.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for bloke


  1. British and Australian an informal word for man

Word Origin

C19: from Shelta
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Word Origin and History for bloke


"fellow," 1851, London slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from Celtic ploc "large, stubborn person;" another suggestion is Romany (Gypsy) and Hindi loke "a man."

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