Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Satifactory; agreeable; pleasant.
  • transitive verb to approve.
  • noun An endorsement; approval; permission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun See OK
  • verb See OK
  • adjective See OK
  • adverb See OK
  • interjection See OK

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

  • adjective being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
  • verb give sanction to
  • adverb in a satisfactory or adequate manner
  • noun an endorsement

Etymologies

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A respelling of OK.

Examples

  • ..okay, okay...hey, mister, wanna buy a "hand sharpened" pencil, price slashed down to $7.99...what a' ya want outta me, blood ?

    Street Justice: Crime and Punishment

  • At first it was okay, and it’s still okay… but it’s dull.

    super-suzan Diary Entry

  • It’s so hard to focus when you have something you want to do, planning in my head how and when to do it, go there, then go there, okay, get that done first, then that, okay… it’s muy dificil, dammit!

    workworkworkworkwork

  • It’s so hard to focus when you have something you want to do, planning in my head how and when to do it, go there, then go there, okay, get that done first, then that, okay… it’s muy dificil, dammit!

    workworkworkworkwork

  • When you look at the phone, do you see the button with the word okay on it?

    The God Hater

  • One of the deputies unlocked the door to the room, went in, and emerged a moment later, mouthing the word okay.

    Over the Edge

  • One of the deputies unlocked the door to the room, went in, and emerged a moment later, mouthing the word okay.

    Over the Edge

  • One of the deputies unlocked the door to the room, went in, and emerged a moment later, mouthing the word okay.

    Over the Edge

  • The word "okay" is similarly over-used considering the desire of the authors to demonstrate the scholarly erudition of their characters.

    Reader reviews of The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and .

  • Something that i do that seems to work okay is to put the clothes that i plan to use outside for the night under some leaves, dirt and pinestraw.

    is there a such thing as homemade scent killer for deer hunting? if so does it work and what is the best recipe?

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  • Word History: OK is a quintessentially American term that has spread from English to many other languages. Its origin was the subject of scholarly debate for many years until Allen Walker Read showed that OK is based on a joke of sorts. OK is first recorded in 1839 but was probably in circulation before that date. During the 1830s there was a humoristic fashion in Boston newspapers to reduce a phrase to initials and supply an explanation in parentheses. Sometimes the abbreviations were misspelled to add to the humor. OK was used in March 1839 as an abbreviation for all correct, the joke being that neither the O nor the K was correct. Originally spelled with periods, this term outlived most similar abbreviations owing to its use in President Martin Van Buren's 1840 campaign for reelection. Because he was born in Kinderhook, New York, Van Buren was nicknamed Old Kinderhook, and the abbreviation proved eminently suitable for political slogans. That same year, an editorial referring to the receipt of a pin with the slogan O.K. had this comment: "frightful letters ... significant of the birth-place of Martin Van Buren, old Kinderhook, as also the rallying word of the Democracy of the late election, 'all correct' .... Those who wear them should bear in mind that it will require their most strenuous exertions ... to make all things O.K."

    March 26, 2007

  • The first word spoken on the moon.

    May 7, 2008

  • So, what does that make: "okey-dokey?"

    May 7, 2008