First known usage 1851. Origins Unknown. Hypotheses include:
NounBloke (plural Blokes)
- (Australian, New Zealand, UK, South African, colloquial) A man (usually in the sense: the typical ‘man on the street’, an ordinary, down-to-earth man, often stressing manhood in a very physical sense); compare sheila (the nearest female equivalent, in Australian slang)
- (Quebec, colloquial) An anglophone man.
North America, except Quebec: dated, rare.
- Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher; "She messed around with a bloke named Smoky". Lyrics, in 1930, 31 and 33 version of the same song
- "What's the sense of working all year so some bloke can spoil everything you've done" St. Petersburg Times (FL), 26 Oct 1939
- "Volunteers who call to ask us to vote for Joe Bloke." The Evening Independent (FL), 4 Oct 1963
- Upbeat Armstrong 'a good bloke' in return to cycling USAToday 28 Jan 2009
- See also Thesaurus:man
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