: all right <I think I did OK on the test.><She's not the smartest kid, but she's an okay student.>
Variants of OK
OK or okay\ō-ˈkā\
Word History of OK
In the 1830s Boston newspapers were full of abbreviations. Just about anything might be abbreviated. N.G. stood for “no go.”A.R. stood for “all right.” Soon some phrases were spelled wrong on purpose and then abbreviated. K.G., for “know go,” was used instead of N.G. O.W., “oll wright,” was used instead of A.R. O.K., “oll korrect,” was used instead of A.C. The fad faded, but the one abbreviation O.K. caught on and is still widely used.