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[ohk] /oʊk/
oka1 .


[ohk] /oʊk/
adjective, Informal.
OK; all right.
Origin of oke2
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; apparently shortening of OK Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for oke
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  • Of all oke growing in England the parke oke is the softest, and far more spalt and brickle than the hedge oke.

  • Gunner oke had strapped an accordion on top of his knapsack.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Well, oke talked like that, you know, and Richards got awf'ly wrathy.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • Gunner oke shifted his seat again, and threw a nervous glance seaward.

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • One projectile smashed against the side of oke Tor, and sent back the ringing sound of its tremendous impact.

    Children of the Mist Eden Phillpotts
  • oke's teeth rattled like a box of dice as he peered out over the dark and agitated crowd of boats.

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The peare and holly may be made to spread, and the oke to close.

    A New Orchard And Garden William Lawson
  • Fifty years ago for one oke of bread a man might have one oke of meat, or eight okes of fruit or two okes of wine.

  • Gunner oke gripped the Sergeant's arm of a sudden and leaned forward, straining his ears.

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "oke," answered Big Boy, as he turned the bottle up to his mouth, while deep gurgling sounds came forth.

    Hookers Richard F. Mann
British Dictionary definitions for oke


another name for oka


adjective, adverb
(informal) another term for O.K.


(South African) an informal word for man
Word Origin
from Afrikaans
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oke

slang clipping of OK, attested from 1929.

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



  1. Agreeable; copacetic: He made an OK decision
  2. Acceptable but not excellent; satisfactory: The play's okay, but I still prefer the book
  3. Good; excellent: He had worked with Sergeant Boone before and knew he was an okay guy


Right; that's understood, let's get on: So I told you about that, okay, so the next thing was he jumped the fence


Yes; I agree; I accept that; I will do that


Is that all right? is that understood? COPPISH: I'm going now, okay?

[1839+; origin uncertain and the subject of essay after essay; Allen Walker Read is the great authority and has shown that the locution began as a bumpkin-imitating game among New York and Boston writers in the early 1800s, who used OK for ''oll korrect'']

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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