okay

Ⅰ. OK1 or o·kay (ō-kā’) Informal
adj. 1) a) Satisfactory or agreeable; acceptable: »

Was everything OK with your stay?

b) Correct: »

That answer is OK.

c) Barely satisfactory; mediocre: »

made an OK presentation.

2) a) In proper or satisfactory operational or working order: »

Is the battery OK?

b) Uninjured or not seriously injured: »

The skier fell but was OK.

c) Fairly healthy: »

Thanks to the medicine, the patient is OK now.

n. pl. OK's or o·kays Approval; agreement: »

Get your supervisor's OK before taking a day off.

adv. Fine; well enough; adequately: »

a television that works OK despite its age.

interj. Used to express approval or agreement.
tr.v. OK'ed or OK'd, OK'·ing, OK's or o·kayed or o·kay·ing or o·kays To approve of or agree to; authorize.
[Abbreviation of oll korrect, slang respelling of all correct.]
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."
Ⅱ. o·kay (ō-kā’)
n. , adj. , adv. & v. Variant of OK(Cf. ↑OK)1.

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  • okay? — okay? …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • okay — okay …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Okay — Okay, auch OK, O.K. (engl. [ˌəʊˈkeɪ] oder dt. [ˌoˈkeː]) ist ein umgangssprachliches Wort, vermutlich aus dem Amerikanischen, das so viel wie (Alles) in Ordnung bedeutet (Abk. i. O.). Der Ausdruck gilt als das bekannteste Wort der Welt und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • okay — [o ke: ] <amerikanisch> (umgangssprachlich für richtig, in Ordnung; Abkürzung o. k. oder O. K.)   • okay Das Adjektiv »okay« wird gewöhnlich nicht flektiert: – es ist alles okay – das Mädchen ist wirklich okay – gestern ging es mir schlecht …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • okay — adj. Satifactory; agreeable; pleasant; as, things are okay; he s an okay guy. Syn: all right(predicate), all right(prenominal), ok, o.k. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • okay — (auch o.k.) Interj in Ordnung std. stil. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus am. e. okay (o. k.). Die Abkürzung entspringt scherzhaften Abkürzungen fehlerhafter Schreibungen durch amerikanische Journalisten in Boston um 1839 (wie K. G. für no go… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • okay — n. An endorsement; approval; permission; as, they gave us the okay to go ahead. Syn: OK, okey, okeh. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Okay — Okay, OK U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 597 Housing Units (2000): 278 Land area (2000): 0.809689 sq. miles (2.097086 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.809689 sq. miles (2.097086 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Okay, OK — U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 597 Housing Units (2000): 278 Land area (2000): 0.809689 sq. miles (2.097086 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.809689 sq. miles (2.097086 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • okay — [adj] acceptable, satisfactory accurate, adequate, all right, approved, convenient, correct, fair, fine, good, in order, middling, not bad, ok, passable, permitted, so so*, surely, tolerable; concept 558 Ant. bad, incorrect, intolerable,… …   New thesaurus

  • okay — 1. Kannst du mich um 8 Uhr vom Bahnhof abholen? – Okay, mach´ ich. 2. Es tut mir leid, dass ich dich geweckt habe. – Das ist schon okay. Kein Problem …   Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer

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