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Okie

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[ oh-kee ]
/ ˈoʊ ki /
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noun Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
a term used to refer to a migrant farm worker from Oklahoma or nearby states, especially one who moved westward during the Great Depression.
a term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma.
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Origin of Okie

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First recorded in 1915–20; Ok(lahoma) + -ie

usage note for Okie

In historical contexts, Okie is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting, implying that the migrant worker is poor, transient, ignorant, or uneducated. But as a general nickname for an Oklahoman, Okie is sometimes appropriated as a positive term of self-reference.

Other definitions for Okie (2 of 2)

Okie2
[ oh-kee ]
/ ˈoʊ ki /
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

noun
a contemptuous term used to refer to a native of Okinawa.
adjective
belonging to the Okinawan people.

Origin of Okie

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First recorded in 1935–40; Ok(inawa) + -ie
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British Dictionary definitions for Okie

Okie
/ (ˈəʊkɪ) /

noun US slang, sometimes offensive
an inhabitant of Oklahoma
an impoverished migrant farm worker, esp one who left Oklahoma during the Depression of the 1930s to work elsewhere in the US
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