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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin disputed. Wikipedia lists many possible etymologies, of which the most widely accepted is that it is an abbreviation of oll/orl 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. The expression became popular through its use in the presidential campaign of Martin Van Buren in 1840 and then slowly acquired other meanings.

The Choctaw word okeh (it is so), common in Choctaw translations of the Bible, could also explain OK's variety of affirmative definitions. Additionally, okeh was the most common etymology of okay in dictionaries until the 1960s, and linguistically predates Boston's O.K.. However, this theory suffers from the fact that the Choctaw language was relatively obscure and 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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Adjective[edit]

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.
    1869 Little Women, Part Second, by Louisa May Alcott
    One of us must marry well. Meg didn't, Jo won't, Beth can't yet, so I shall, and make everything okay all round.
  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.
    Synonyms: okey-dokey, okeh, okey, k, 'kay, m'kay, A-OK, all right
    I promise to give it back. – OK.
    Let's meet again this afternoon. – OK.
    Shut up! – OK, OK.
    OK! I get it! Stop nagging me!
  2. Used to introduce a sentence in order to draw attention to the importance of what is being said.
    Synonyms: now, now then
    OK, I'm thinking of a number…
  3. Used in turn-taking, serving as a request to the speaker to grant the turn to the interrupter.
    You always do this to me! When we were at your mother’s, you said that… – OK, OK, …
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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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OK

  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese) moderately; fairly
    OK [Cantonese]  ―  nei1 fo1 dou1 ou1 kei1 ji6 gaa3. [Jyutping]  ―  This course is fairly easy.

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OK f (plural OK's)

  1. Abbreviation of operatiekamer.

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch operatiekamer of operatie (surgery) +‎ kamer (room).

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OK (plural, first-person possessive OKku, second-person possessive OKmu, third-person possessive OKnya)

  1. (healthcare, colloquial) operating theatre, operating room.
    Synonym: kamar bedah

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English OK.

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OK(オーケー) or OK(オッケー) (ōkē or okkē

  1. agreement; approval; okay
    • 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), Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN, page 104:
      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(オー)(ケー)()たら(はじ)めて(げん)稿(こう)にできる(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 okayed can you go ahead with the draft. You may have to do it over a couple of times till it gets the okay. Though good mangaka can just pass with the name alone.
  2. no problem
    電子(でんし)レンジOK(オーケー)(さら)
    denshi renji ōkē no o-sara
    (please add an English translation of this example)

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OK(オーケー) or OK(オッケー) (ōkē or okkē-na (adnominal OK(オーケー) (ōkē na), adverbial OK(オーケー) (ōkē ni))

  1. OK; all right; fine

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OK(オーケー) or OK(オッケー) (ōkē or 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), Tokyo: Mag Garden, →ISBN, pages 33–38:
      その(いち)(じゅん)()」っ (オッ)(ケー)‼その()()()」っ お(うち)(げん)(かん) (オッ)(ケー)‼その(さん)()(かん)」っ (しち)()30(さんじゅっ)(ぷん) (オッ)(ケー)‼その(よん)(くう)(かん)」っ…………ピッ (オッ)(ケー)‼その()(こう)(どう)」っ レッツらゴ——!(オッ)(ケー)
      Sono ichi “Junbi”h okkē!! Sono ni “Ichi”h o-uchi no genkan okkē!! Sono san “Jikan”h shichiji sanjuppun okkē!! Sono yon “Kūkan”h... pih okkē!! Sono go “Kōdō”h rettsu ra gō—! 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 gooo! 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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [o̞kʰe̞i]
  • Phonetic hangeul: []
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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