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Sometimes said to be from Choctaw okeh ‎(it is so). Probably simply a variant of OK.



  1. Dated form of OK.
  • 1918, The Clothier and Furnisher, Volume 93[1], Reprint edition, page 87:
    "Look it up in the latest dictionary," suggested the President. And here is part of what was found: O.K.—a humorous or ignorant spelling of should be "okeh," from the Choctaw language meaning, "It is so" ...
  • 1919, Journal of the American Bankers Association: Volume 11[2], Reprint edition, University of Minnesota, published 2011, page 631:
    "Once the public knows that all 'good' securities must be 'okehed' by a state official of the state wherein they are offered to the public, and the okeh verified by a local banker, …
  • 1921, Joseph P. Tumulty, “Chapter XIV, Wilson and the Old Guard”, in Woodrow Wilson as I know Him[3], Reprint edition, Echo Library, ISBN 9781406811315, published 2006, page 67:
    … how deeply the progressive element in the Democratic party throughout the country might misunderstand and even resent his putting his "okeh" on the candidacy of the Illinois leader for the senatorship, …
  • 1967, James Jones, Go to the Widowmaker (Fiction), Reprint edition, Random House, ISBN 9780440129424, published 1979:
    "Well, since Ron ain't goin, why don't you come on and go along with us two, Susie?" / "Okeh," Susie grinned. "Why not?"


  • Grammar of the Choctaw language, ed. by D. G. Brinton, 1870, p20, okeh
  • Fay, Jim, Ph.D. (Revised), (2009-06-16), “The Choctaw Expression "Okeh" and the Americanism "Okay"”[4] (HTML, in English), retrieved 2012-01-16