Okie

Okie

[oh-kee]
noun Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a migrant worker from Oklahoma, especially during the Great Depression.
2.
a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma.
3.
a migrant farm worker.

Origin:
1930–35; Ok(lahoma) + -ie

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Okie

[oh-kee] Disparaging and Offensive.
noun
1.
a native of Okinawa.
adjective
2.
belonging to the Okinawan people.

Origin:
1935–40; Ok(inawa) + -ie

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Okie (ˈəʊkɪ)
 
n
1.  an inhabitant of Oklahoma
2.  an impoverished migrant farm worker, esp one who left Oklahoma during the Depression of the 1930s to work elsewhere in the US

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Okie
"migrant agricultural worker," especially one driven from farms in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, 1938, short for U.S. state of Oklahoma.
"Okie use' ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you're a dirty son-of-a-bitch." [John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath," 1939]
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Okie
Oklahoman
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