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 okayed
The next woman wanted to cash a check and that had to be okayed by the manager.Jerry's Charge Account|Hazel Hutchins Wilson
He asked for an appointment with me; I okayed the request because of his reputation.Suite Mentale|Gordon Randall Garrett
"We cannot come in until our cargo has been examined and okayed," the engineer said.The Brain|Alexander Blade
Of course I okayed the orders cutting you down—a matter of routine—I had to follow through.Ten From Infinity|Paul W. Fairman
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.