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bloke

[blohk] /bloʊk/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
man; fellow; guy.
Origin of bloke
1850-1855
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.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • 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
  • Then, if I had lost a leg, like that bloke over there, they wouldn't aid me.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England A Merchant - Anonymous
  • 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
  • Can I 'ave the arternoon off to see a bloke abaht a job fer my missis?

  • Henderson is the men's man, that other bloke belongs to wimmen.

  • Did you notice that bloke fillin' up the cart with pumpkins?

British Dictionary definitions for bloke

bloke

/bləʊk/
noun
1.
(Brit & Austral) an informal word for man
Word Origin
C19: from Shelta
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Word Origin and History for bloke
n.

"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

noun

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

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

bloke 2

noun

Cocaine

[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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