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  1. Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
  2. British Slang. a donkey.
  3. Australian Slang. a poor-looking, inferior horse.
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Origin of moke

First recorded in 1840–50; origin uncertain
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Related Words for moke

horse, burro, mule, ass, pony, jackass, jenny, jennet, moke, maud, neddy

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Historical Examples of moke

  • With a rusty sword and a moke on board to bray like the Horse Marines.

    The Battle of the Bays

    Owen Seaman

  • And the rusty sword, and he sniffs aboard the moke of the Horse Marines.

  • We can jab it off its hook with a billiard-cue, I should think, Moke.

  • "Moke and I would like to say how pleased we are to hear about Phillis," he said, rather awkwardly for him.

  • "For the steers," said Moke, finishing his own sentence, and not Poke's.

British Dictionary definitions for moke


  1. British a slang name for donkey (def. 1)
  2. Australian slang an inferior type of horse
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Word Origin for moke

C19: origin obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for moke


"dolt," 1855, originally (16c.) "donkey;" of unknown origin, perhaps originally a personal name. In U.S., "black person," from 1856.

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