\ ˈblōk How to pronounce bloke (audio) \
plural blokes

Definition of bloke

chiefly British, informal
: man sense 1a(1), fellow sense 4c But he himself was no ordinary bloke.— Ian Templeton … always knew a bloke who knew a bloke who had something or other on the highest authority.— Tim Winton … I'd never go out with a bloke to whom I hadn't been properly introduced.— Dillie Keane Surely a bloke is entitled to have his drink made the way he wants it.— E. Grisdale

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Examples of bloke in a Sentence

a couple of friendly blokes offered to show us the sights of London
Recent Examples on the Web The origin of the painting was a Titian of a bloke playing an organ and a nude woman. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 But more than four years after Britain voted to split — and after thousands of anxious, raging, nationalistic, infuriated headlines — what next for the ordinary bloke? Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020 Whereas Mrs von der Leyen speaks like a technocrat, Mr Johnson speaks like a bloke telling jokes in a pub. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2020 Plaintive, breathless, and more than a little disappointed by the shabbiness of the place, Fagan is a nonthreatening figure, the sort of bloke who might wheedle a free pint in a Clerkenwell pub. Graham Hillard, Washington Examiner, 10 Dec. 2020 For a lager-swilling bloke like Charlie, the proposition is as alien as going to the pub in a tutu. Kyle Smith, National Review, 10 Sep. 2020 Liddle is the central character in his columns, a matey, cigarette-smoking, pint-liking bloke who was once a high-ranking BBC editor. Kyle Smith, National Review, 23 Apr. 2020 Her proposal is that men be harvested for their component elements (iodine, phosphorous, carbon, hydrogen, etc.), which could be sold on the open market, where each bloke’s essence would fetch about a dollar. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2020 Tottenham's original banter season (post-90s) came after selling Elvis (Gareth Bale) and buying The Beatles (some blokes from Powerleague)., 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bloke

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bloke

origin unknown

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2 May 2021

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“Bloke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloke

chiefly British, informal : a man

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