oak

[ ohk ]
/ oʊk /

noun

any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Quercus, of the beech family, bearing the acorn as fruit.
the hard, durable wood of such a tree, used in making furniture and in construction.
the leaves of this tree, especially as worn in a chaplet.
anything made of the wood of this tree, as an item of furniture, a door, etc.

Nearby words

  1. o2o,
  2. oa,
  3. oaf,
  4. oafish,
  5. oahu,
  6. oak apple,
  7. oak creek,
  8. oak fern,
  9. oak forest,
  10. oak gall

Idioms

    sport one's oak, British. (of a university student) to indicate that one is not at home to visitors by closing the outer door of one's lodgings.

Origin of oak

before 900; Middle English ook, Old English āc; cognate with Dutch eik, German Eiche

Related formsoak·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for oak

oak

/ (əʊk) /

noun

Word Origin for oak

Old English āc; related to Old Norse eik, Old High German eih, Latin aesculus

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Word Origin and History for oak

oak

n.

Old English ac "oak tree," from Proto-Germanic *aiks (cf. Old Norse eik, Old Saxon and Old Frisian ek, Middle Dutch eike, Dutch eik, Old High German eih, German Eiche), of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Germanic.

The usual Indo-European base for "oak" (*derwo-/*dreu-) has become Modern English tree. Used in Biblical translations to render Hebrew elah (probably usually "terebinth tree") and four other words. The Old Norse form was eik, but as there were no oaks in Iceland the word came to be used there for "tree" in general.

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