adjective, adverb, interjection, noun, verb (used with object)
- okanagan lake,
- okeechobee waterway
or O.K., o·kay
noun, plural OK's.
verb (used with object), OK'd, OK'ing.
Origin of OK
Examples from the Web for okay
He said it was okay, that he had been busy too… busy fighting serious intestinal problems.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
King Lear becomes Lear texting “okay who wants a kingdom,” to which Goneril replies “me me I do.”
My husband rubs my back and makes soothing noises and tells me everything is going to be okay.
Det. 1: Okay, now tell us how it went, David—tell us how you did it.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allowing some people to discriminate sends the message that discrimination is okay.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I don't remember exactly what he said, and he liked it okay, and that is just about it.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
To go see Sasebo we have to walk along the flight deck, and weave in and out among all those planes, okay.Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal|Robert Sydney Bowen
Okay, so I'm childish, only I just don't like to have someone gobble up my share of the dessert.The Scapegoat|Richard Maples
Okay, but I want you both—Fao especially—to realize exactly what that means.The Galaxy Primes|Edward Elmer Smith
Okay; now, how much time elapsed between the time that you finished—well, strike that.Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
sentence substitute, adjective, verb, noun
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.