from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A boorish or uncultivated Australian.
- adj. Pertaining to an ocker.
- n. Interest on money; usury; increase.
- v. To increase (in price); add to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See oker.
- n. An obsolete form of ocher.
There is another meaning of the word 'ocker' which is 'true-blue and down-to-earth Australian', with rural or working class undertones.
The scholarly and comprehensive but under-used Australian National Dictionary AND; Oxford, 1988 Ockersford? gives three related senses for "ocker", with copious citation of sources.
When I was brought up in Queensland, the word 'ocker' was a pejorative term that was used for Asians normally Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.
An unfortunate side-effect is that it created an image of Australia as a home of genteel period pieces - much preferable to many people as a representation of the country than the "ocker" comedies like
Fer chrissakes, please please PLEASE do not - under any circumstances - lay on the ocker affectation.
Robert Hood's quite ocker "Monstrous Bright Tomorrows" lives up nastily to its title but I wasn't 100% sold on the characterisation.
But it won him the love and affection of audiences here, and he's been called Australia's favourite ocker.
His career spanned more than 50 years, and he has been called Australia's favourite "ocker", because he often played an archetypal Australian bloke.
By jingo, Australia's got a bloody great lingo G'DAY mate, is it too ocker to call a girl a sheila?
From the clipped imitations of upper-class English to the broad ocker drawl of the outback north, the Australian accent is recognised the world over.
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