Definitions

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  • 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.

Etymologies

From Ocker, pet form of the name Oscar; popularised in a series of television sketches where the word was used as a general nickname. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ocker, oker, from Old Norse ókr ("usury"), from Proto-Germanic *wōkraz (“progeny, earnings, profit”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg- (“to add, increase”). More at oker. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is another meaning of the word 'ocker' which is 'true-blue and down-to-earth Australian', with rural or working class undertones.

    languagehat.com: TRAI(T).

  • 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.

    languagehat.com: TRAI(T).

  • When I was brought up in Queensland, the word 'ocker' was a pejorative term that was used for Asians normally Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.

    languagehat.com: TRAI(T).

  • 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

    DVD Times

  • Fer chrissakes, please please PLEASE do not - under any circumstances - lay on the ocker affectation.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » JB’s travel tips.

  • Robert Hood's quite ocker "Monstrous Bright Tomorrows" lives up nastily to its title but I wasn't 100% sold on the characterisation.

    Kittehs update

  • But it won him the love and affection of audiences here, and he's been called Australia's favourite ocker.

    BBC News - Home

  • His career spanned more than 50 years, and he has been called Australia's favourite "ocker", because he often played an archetypal Australian bloke.

    BBC News - Home

  • By jingo, Australia's got a bloody great lingo G'DAY mate, is it too ocker to call a girl a sheila?

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

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  • Webster's New International Dictionary, second edition (1934), lists another sense for this word: "n. Usury; v. to lend, get, or increase, at usury."

    January 28, 2011