bloke

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See also: blöke and 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)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bloke (plural blokes)

  1. (informal) A man, a fellow; an ordinary man, a man on the street. [From 1851.]
  2. (Britain) 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.

Synonyms[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (ordinary man): sheila (New Zealand)

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Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "bloke", Online Etymology Dictionary

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Spanish bloque, from French bloc, from Middle French bloc (a considerable piece of something heavy, block), from Old French bloc (log, block), from Middle Dutch blok (treetrunk), from Old Saxon *blok (log), from Proto-Germanic *blukką (beam, log), from Proto-Indo-European *bhulg'-, from *bhelg'- (thick plank, beam, pile, prop).

Noun[edit]

bloke

  1. block; a substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.