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Circa 1820. Multiple potential origins:
- From beak (“nose”)
- From French beaucoup (“very much”)
- Blend of beak (“nose”) + coconut
- From boke (“point; thrust”)
- From poke, as in poke one's nose into
boko (plural bokos)
- (dated, West Midlands, originally boxing) the nose.
- 1943, Johns, W[illiam] E[arl], Biggles Fails to Return, page 115:
- […] the way he hid the Pernod card and bumped me on the boko when I tried to have a dekko at it proves that.
- 1965, The Illustrated Weekly of India, volume 86, number 1, page 41:
- He sang Landor's lines in a quavering falsetto, then broke raucously into the schoolboy battle-cry of "Hit him on the boko, hit him on the boko, Jericho!"
- 2012, Wood, Mary Dobbs, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Inventing My Childhood, page 45:
- He let out a yell, his eyes watering from the punch on the boko.
- See Thesaurus:nose
From a word in the Boko language.
boko m (uncountable)
- Boko language
- Romanization of
Often stated to be borrowed from English book, but Paul Newman disputes this, stating "boko is an indigenous Hausa word originally connoting sham, fraud, deceit, or lack of authenticity. When the British colonial government imposed secular schools in northern Nigeria at the beginning of the 20th century, boko was applied in a pejorative sense to this new system. By semantic extension, boko came to acquire its current meaning of Hausa written in Roman script and Western education in general.".
bōkṑ m (possessed form bōkòn)
- fraud, deceit, trick
- a mock or imitation version of something real
- Western education
- Boko alphabet (Latin script used to write Hausa)
boko (plural boki)
- Rōmaji transcription of