OK

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Wikipedia lists several possibilities, of which the most widely accepted is that it is an abbreviation of "oll korrect", a comical spelling of "all correct" which first appeared in print in The Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839, as part of a fad for similar fanciful abbreviations in the United States during the late 1830s. However, this theory suffers from the fact that the modern OK has several meanings; all correct being an accurate substitution for almost none of them. The Choctaw word okeh (it is so), common in Choctaw translations of the Bible, could better explain ok's variety of weakly affirmative definitions. Additionally, okeh was the most common etymology of okay in dictionaries until the 1960's, and linguistically predates Boston's O.K. However, this theory suffers from the fact that the Choctaw language was relatively obscure, generally spoken (sometimes in a pidgin form) mainly with African-American slaves.

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Noun[edit]

OK (plural OKs)

  1. Endorsement; approval.
    We can start as soon as we get the OK.
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Verb[edit]

OK (third-person singular simple present OKs, present participle OKing, simple past and past participle OKed)

  1. To approve.
    I don't want to OK this amount of money.
  2. (computing) To confirm by activating a button marked OK.
    • 2001, Mike Collins, Pro Tools: Practical Recording, Editing and Mixing for Music Production
      Type a suitable name for your Marker and OK the dialogue box.
    • 2008, Martin Evening, Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers
      When you OK the crop, the image size will be adjusted to match the front image resolution.
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OK (comparative more OK, superlative most OK)

  1. All right, permitted.
    Do you think it's OK to stay here for the night?
  2. Satisfactory, reasonably good; not exceptional.
    The soup was OK, but the dessert was excellent.
  3. In good health or a good emotional state.
    He's not feeling well now, but he should be OK after some rest.
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OK (comparative more OK, superlative most OK)

  1. Satisfactorily, sufficiently well.
    The team did OK in the playoffs.
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OK

  1. Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance.
    I promise to give it back. Reply: OK.
    Let's meet again this afternoon. Reply: OK.
    Shut up! Reply: OK, OK.
  2. An utterance expressing exasperation, similar to "all right!"
    OK! I get it! Stop nagging me!
  3. Used to introduce a sentence in order to draw attention to the importance of what is being said.
    OK, I'm thinking of a number...
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Proper noun[edit]

OK

  1. United States postal abbreviation for Oklahoma, a state of the United States of America.

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Chinese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • 歐克欧克 (ōukè) (one of the ways to transliterate into Chinese characters)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English OK.

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OK

  1. (colloquial, nonstandard) alright
    OK / OK  ―  ōukèi ma?  ―  Are you OK?
    OOK [Cantonese]  ―  Nei5 ou1 m4 ou1 kei1 aa1? [Jyutping]  ―  Are you OK?

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OK

  1. (colloquial, nonstandard) OK
    上頭OKOK / 上头OKOK  ―  Shàngtou shuō ōukèi jiù ōukèi le.  ―  If higher authorities say "OK", it means "OK".

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  • Using Roman letters in a Chinese running text is frowned upon by many purists and not supported by language policies of Chinese speaking areas, but a limited number of words in Roman script in all capitals have entered Chinese dictionaries and mainstream Chinese literature.
  • In transcribing speech synonyms are often used instead of "OK", e.g. (hǎo), (xíng).

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English OK.

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Noun[edit]

OK (katakana オーケー, rōmaji ōkē, alternative reading オッケー, rōmaji okkē)

  1. agreement; approval
    • 2009 January 10, Ohba, Tsugumi; Obata, Takeshi, “3ページ ペンとネーム [Page 3: Pens and Names]”, in BAKUMAN。バクマン。 [BAKUMAN.], volume 1 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN, page 104:
      これか これがネームか マンガ (しょう) () (しゅう)ページとかで ()にした (こと)あるけど
      Kore ka Kore ga nēmu ka Mangashō no boshū pēji toka de me ni shita koto aru kedo
      So this is a name, huh? I’ve seen one on some application page for a manga award
      マンガの (した) ()きみたいなもん まずこれを ()いて (へん) (しゅう) (しゃ) ()せてOK (オーケー) ()たら (はじ)めて (げん)稿 (こう)にできるOK (オーケー) ()るまでは (なん) ()でも () (なお)し もっともネームで ()せていいのはマンガ ()としての (さい) (のう) (みと)められた (やつ)
      Manga no shitagaki mitai na mon Mazu kore o kaite henshūsha ni misete ōkē ga detara hajimete genkō ni dekiru ōkē ga deru made wa nando demo kakinaoshi Motto mo nēmu de misete ii no wa mangaka toshite no sainō o mitomerareta yatsu na
      It’s basically a rough sketch for manga. First you make one and show it to the editor, and only if it’s OKed can you go ahead with the draft. You may have to do it over a couple of times ‘til it gets OKed. Though good mangaka can just pass with the name alone.
  2. no problem

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OK (-na inflection, katakana オーケー, rōmaji ōkē, alternative reading オッケー, rōmaji okkē)

  1. OK; all right; fine

Interjection[edit]

OK (katakana オーケー, rōmaji ōkē, alternative reading オッケー, rōmaji okkē)

  1. OK
    • 2009 August 25, Amano, Kozue, “だい ゆめおかこうこう [Chapter 2: Yumegaoka High School]”, in あまんちゅ!AMANCHU! [AMANCHU!], volume 1 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Mag Garden, →ISBN, pages 33–38:
      その1「 (じゅん) ()」っ  (オッ) (ケー)‼その2「 () ()」っ お (うち) (げん) (かん)  (オッ) (ケー)‼その3「 () (かん)」っ 7 ()30 (ぶん)  (オッ) (ケー)‼その4「 (くう) (かん)」っ…………ピッ  (オッ) (ケー)‼その5「 (こう) (どう)」っ レッツらゴ——! (オッ) (ケー)
      Sono ichi “Junbi”h okkē‼ Sono ni “ichi”h Ouchi no genkan okkē‼ Sono san “Jikan”h Shichi-ji sanjū-bun okkē‼ Sono yon “Kūki”h………… Pih okkē‼ Sono go “Kōdō”h Rettsu ra go——! Okkē
      Number 1 “Preparation”, check‼ Number 2 “Location”: Entryway, check‼ Number 3 “Time”: 7:30, check‼ Number 4 “Air”………… Hwee, check‼ Number 5 “Action”: Let’s la go——! Check‼

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN

Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

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  • IPA(key)[o̞kʰe̞i]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? okei
Revised Romanization (translit.)? okei
McCune–Reischauer? ok'ei
Yale Romanization? okheyi

Noun[edit]

OK (okei) (hangeul 오케이)

  1. (colloquial) good

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OK (okei) (hangeul 오케이)

  1. (colloquial) OK

Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English OK.

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OK

  1. OK (indicates acknowledgement or acceptance)

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OK m (plural OKs)

  1. OK (an indication of acknowledgement or acceptance)

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OK

  1. OK, okay

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OK

  1. OK, okay

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OK

  1. OK, okay

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