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[blohk] /bloʊk/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
man; fellow; guy.
Origin of bloke
First recorded in 1850-55; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • “A bloke wot sits in court and sends yer to prison,” answered the man.

    A Pair of Clogs Amy Walton
  • You can see the trench and the head of the bloke what's working that tac-tac of theirs.

  • When the officer and civilian had passed out he turned to the next man, and asked who the deuce the bloke was in the brown hat.

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

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Four days before, she had no bloke; and here she stood with two, and those two fighting for her!

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • You was so,” said Billy, “a-joring and a-joring and a-joring same as you never heard a bloke.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • A bloke's got to go some day, and fer myself I'd as soon get done in doin' my dooty as I would die in my bed.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • The bloke who had such strong objections to me is her sweetheart.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • Yer know how a bloke feels w'en he sees a gal down-hearted like dat—he don't want ter touch her troubles.

    Bowery Life Chuck Connors
  • Yesterday, Amaryllis, I was some bloke, because I was useful to you.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for bloke


(Brit & Austral) an informal word for man
Word Origin
C19: from Shelta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bloke

bloke 1


A man; fellow; guy •Chiefly British use: Look at the bloke ridin'

[mid-1800s+; perhaps fr Celtic ploc, ''large stubborn person'']

bloke 2



[narcotics 1970s+; probably echoic blow]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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