bloke

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See also: bloķē

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First known usage 1851. Origin unknown. Hypotheses include:[1]

  • from Celtic ploc (large, stubborn person)
  • from Roma or Hindi loke (a man)

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Noun[edit]

bloke (plural blokes)

  1. (informal) A man, a fellow; an ordinary man, a man on the street. [From 1851.]
  2. (UK) a man who behaves in a particularly laddish or overtly heterosexual manner.
  3. (now chiefly Quebec, colloquial) An anglophone man.
  4. (Australia) An exemplar of a certain masculine, independent male archetype.
    • 2000 May 5, Belinda Luscombe, “Cinema: Of Mad Max and Madder Maximus”, Time:
      ‘The Bloke’ is a certain kind of Australian or New Zealand male. [] The Classic Bloke is not a voluble beast. His speech patterns are best described as infrequent but colorful. [] ¶ The Bloke is pragmatic rather than classy. [] ¶ Most of all, the Bloke does not whinge.

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Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (ordinary man): sheila (Australia)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "bloke", Online Etymology Dictionary