• (British) enPR: blōk, IPA: /bləʊk/

bloke (plural blokes)

  1. (British, informal) A man, a fellow; an ordinary man, a man on the street. [From 1847.]
    • 1847, George W. M. Reynolds, The Mysteries of London (volume 3), G. Vickers, London, page 66:
      He buzzed a bloak and a shakester of a yack and a skin.
    • 1930, P. G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves, 2006, Overlook Press, [|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&dq=%22bloke%22|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=M0XzTvT5AouOmQWzifm8Ag&redir_esc=y page 235],
      The door flew open, and there was a bloke with spectacles on his face and all round the spectacles an expression of strained anguish. A bloke with a secret sorrow.
    • 1931, Cab Calloway, Irving Mills, Minnie the Moocher, lyrics of 1930, 31 and 33 versions ↗,
      She messed around with a bloke named Smoky.
    • 1958, Brendan Behan, Borstal Boy, [|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uDbzTqPNLITDmQW8r6GKAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloke%22|%22blokes%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloke|blokes%22&f=false page 281],
      It was a Cockney bloke who had never seen a cow till he came inside. Cragg said it took some blokes like that, and city fellows are the worse.
    • 2000, Elizabeth Young, Asking for Trouble, [|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&dq=%22bloke%22|%22blokes%22+-intitle:%22bloke|blokes%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uDbzTqPNLITDmQW8r6GKAg&redir_esc=y page 19],
      As her current bloke was turning out better than expected, I didn't see much of her lately.
  2. (UK) A man who behaves in a particularly laddish or overtly heterosexual manner.
  3. (UK, naval, slang) (A lower deck term for) the Captain or Executive Officer of a warship, with particular reference to discipline and punishment.
    • 1989, Rick Jolly, Jackspeak
      A second green chit and then you get your hat for a talk with the bloke.
  4. (Australia) An exemplar of a certain masculine, independent male archetype.
    • 2000 May 5, Belinda Luscombe, “[,9171,996881,00.html Cinema: Of Mad Max and Madder Maximus]”, Time:
      ‘The Bloke’ is a certain kind of Australian or New Zealand male. […] The Classic Bloke is not a voluble beast. His speech patterns are best described as infrequent but colorful. […] ¶ The Bloke is pragmatic rather than classy. […] ¶ Most of all, the Bloke does not whinge.
  5. (now chiefly, Quebec, colloquial) An anglophone man.
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