- Oklahoma (approved especially for use with zip code).
or O.K., o·kay
- all right; proceeding normally; satisfactory or under control: Things are OK at the moment.
- correct, permissible, or acceptable; meeting standards: Is this suit OK to wear to a formal party?
- doing well or in good health; managing adequately: She's been OK since the operation.
- adequate but unexceptional or unremarkable; tolerable: The job they did was OK, nothing more.
- estimable, dependable, or trustworthy; likable: an OK person.
- all right; well enough; successfully; fine: She'll manage OK on her own. He sings OK, but he can't tap dance.
- (used as an affirmative response) yes; surely.
- (used as an interrogative or interrogative tag) all right?; do you agree?
- (used to express agreement, understanding, acceptance, or the like): OK, I'll get it for you.
- (used as an introductory or transitional expletive): OK, now where were we?
- an approval, agreement, or endorsement: They gave their OK to her leave of absence.
- to put one's endorsement on or indicate one's approval of (a request, piece of copy, bank check, etc.); authorize; initial: Would you OK my application?
Origin of OK
Examples from the Web for ok
Unless there is a court decision that changes our law, we are OK.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Because they stopped and I thought, “OK, that makes sense,” and then all of a sudden I saw another issue!Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Like, OK, to be around them when we were away from work is great, but being at work was still kind of strange for me.
And… and… OK, he was the governor of a huge and electorally important state.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Kulash moved out to Chicago to be with them and OK Go was officially born.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
December 15, 2014
OK with you if we throw a little water on the fireworks warehouse?The Great Potlatch Riots
Allen Kim Lang
Ok everything that's kind of course, or you wouldn't mention it.The Awkward Age
OK, so I'd asked them to do something pretty weird, it's true, but still.Little Brother
"It's ok," he said as he handed it back to Baartock, then he quickly took a drink of milk.Baartock
It shall be Ok's song; the tribe must say, "Ok hath made the song!"The Turtles of Tasman
Word Origin and History for ok
1839, only survivor of a slang fad in Boston and New York c.1838-9 for abbreviations of common phrases with deliberate, jocular misspellings (e.g. K.G. for "no go," as if spelled "know go;" N.C. for "'nuff ced;" K.Y. for "know yuse"). In the case of O.K., the abbreviation is of "oll korrect."
Probably further popularized by use as an election slogan by the O.K. Club, New York boosters of Democratic president Martin Van Buren's 1840 re-election bid, in allusion to his nickname Old Kinderhook, from his birth in the N.Y. village of Kinderhook. Van Buren lost, the word stuck, in part because it filled a need for a quick way to write an approval on a document, bill, etc. Spelled out as okeh, 1919, by Woodrow Wilson, on assumption that it represented Choctaw okeh "it is so" (a theory which lacks historical documentation); this was ousted quickly by okay after the appearance of that form in 1929. Greek immigrants to America who returned home early 20c. having picked up U.S. speech mannerisms were known in Greece as okay-boys, among other things.
The noun is first attested 1841; the verb 1888. Okey-doke is student slang first attested 1932.