Definitions

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  • n. A look.
  • n. A glance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. British slang for a look

Etymologies

From Hindustani देखना / دیکھنا (dekhnā), to see, to look.Comes directly from the Hindi "Dekho" (see) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When one wants to take a look at something, you say "dekko" as in "I will have a dekko at that later" which translates into American as "I will take a look at that in a minute" or, in more formal English, "I will look at that in a moment".

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  • 'Tum Milo ...' exudes scent of goodness, watch it (IANS Movie Review - Rating: **) more images more imagesFilm: "Tum Milo Toh Sahi"; Cast: Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Suniel Shetty, Vidya Malvade, Rehan Khan, Anjana Sukhani; Director: Kabir Sadanand; Rating: ** Just for the pleasure of watching Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia together, this quaint and sincere look at love across three generations is well worth a 'dekko'.

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  • I don't usually see much of BBC Breakfast, but having the morning off to wait for the gasman, and since Valentine Warner 'What To Eat Now' was on, I decided to have a dekko this morning.

    OPEN THREAD

  • Here are ten such places and if you have not been here, it is still not too late as all are worth a dekko.

    Have you been here, Mumbaikar ?

  • While I'm away, please have a dekko at the new site and enjoy exploring some of the links and the blogroll!

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • I led our beasts through the arch into the empty nave, where I spread their fodder and rubbed them down, and took a quick dekko around in the last of the light from the high unglazed windows.

    Flashman on the March

  • But I can come and take a dekko, maybe give you some advice, hey?

    The Warslayer

  • The boys and girls thought we should take a dekko, so I trotted over to Camford, with a few of the lads.

    Bottled Spider

  • "I shall instruct the astrologers," she had told me, and she must have done, for when the wise men took a dekko at the planets, they couldn't make head or tail of them.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Jallalabad all over again, thinks I contentedly, and while he strode out shouting that a galloper must ride directly to Littler, who was out on a reconnoitre, I heaved up for a dekko in the mirror over his washstand.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

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  • I don't think I've ever heard it. I'm more familiar with terms like squiz as in "take a squiz at this".

    December 31, 2008

  • Was in use in Australia too, possibly still is. Personally I haven't heard it for donkey's.

    December 31, 2008

  • Have a dekko!

    December 31, 2008

  • Citation on oxford.

    December 31, 2008