a vulgar, coarse, boorish or socially inferior person. This term was, and still is, applied by public schoolboys (rarely by girls) to local children or those attending state schools. It is also sometimes used self-effacingly or ironically by working-class males to refer to themselves. The word's origin is obscure (one suggestion is that it was an imitation of the sound of unsophisticated speech), but seems to lie in the 19th century; it is almost certainly cognate with the 20th-century
Australian term ocker, also denoting a working-class male. Evelyn Waugh used the word, in his diary entry of 7 January 1920, when referring to his host as a 'wizened, pleasant little oik'.
► Trn constantly amazed that a couple of oiks like me and Gray have managed to make it.' (Recorded, advertising executive, Lon-don, 1986)
a person with 'one income and kids'.
An acronym in yuppie use in the late 1980s. Similar coinages are dinky and oink.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • oik — [ɔık] n BrE informal not polite an offensive word for someone who you think is not intelligent or well educated, and who speaks or behaves in a rough way >oikish adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oik — (also oick) ► NOUN informal ▪ an uncouth or obnoxious person. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • oik — /oyk/, n., pl. oicks, oiks. Brit. Slang. oaf; lout. [1920 25; of obscure orig.] * * * oik /oik/ (informal) noun 1. A crass witted, inferior person 2. A boor or lout 3. A cad 4. A chap, bloke (slightly derogatory) ORIGI …   Useful english dictionary

  • oik — UK [ɔɪk] / US noun [countable] Word forms oik : singular oik plural oiks British informal a stupid, rude, unpleasant man …   English dictionary

  • oik — [[t]ɔ͟ɪk[/t]] oiks N COUNT (disapproval) If you refer to someone as an oik, you think that they behave in a rude or unacceptable way, especially in a way that you believe to be typical of a low social class. [BRIT, INFORMAL] She has to live cheek …   English dictionary

  • oik — /oyk/, n., pl. oicks, oiks. Brit. Slang. oaf; lout. [1920 25; of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • oik — noun a member of the lower classes …   Wiktionary

  • OIK — Open It Kit (Business » Products) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • oik — n. obnoxious person; lout; rude and unpleasant low class man (British Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oik — (also oick) noun Brit. informal an uncouth or obnoxious person. Origin 1930s: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.