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[oh-key, oh-key, oh-key] /ˈoʊˈkeɪ, ˌoʊˈkeɪ, ˈoʊˌkeɪ/
adjective, adverb, interjection, noun, verb (used with object)
OK. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for okay
  • It's okay to sip or slurp from the bowl, and shovel the last bits of a meal using your chopsticks.
  • It is okay to look at notes periodically, but don't depend on them during the interview.
  • As long as you're not hurting the animals in a permanent way it's okay.
  • People with short versions of the gene do okay when they lose sleep.
  • It was okay for some things, but she still couldn't play soccer or basketball.
  • Nevertheless, a day trip was probably okay by five years after the accident.
  • Most neo-Communists, you'd probably want to help them back out onto the street to make sure they'll be okay.
  • It's okay to mountain climb, to free climb up the side of the mountain.
  • That's probably okay given that some countries that signed it ultimately ignored their commitment.
  • Monitoring what's going on, making sure that everybody's happy and okay.
British Dictionary definitions for okay


sentence substitute, adjective, verb, noun
a variant of O.K.
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Word Origin and History for okay

see OK.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for okay


  1. Agreeable; copacetic: He made an OK decision
  2. Acceptable but not excellent; satisfactory: The play's okay, but I still prefer the book
  3. Good; excellent: He had worked with Sergeant Boone before and knew he was an okay guy

Right; that's understood, let's get on: So I told you about that, okay, so the next thing was he jumped the fence


Yes; I agree; I accept that; I will do that


Is that all right? is that understood? COPPISH: I'm going now, okay?

[1839+; origin uncertain and the subject of essay after essay; Allen Walker Read is the great authority and has shown that the locution began as a bumpkin-imitating game among New York and Boston writers in the early 1800s, who used OK for ''oll korrect'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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