What exactly does "bloke" mean?

by marcanthony 19 replies
I see the term used a lot by people from the U.K.

When it's used in context--it's always in reference to a person(usually a dude...)

What is the exact meaning?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Kerr
    Yes, a bloke is a man so you are a bloke Marc and blokes means men. Sometimes when referring to blokes it can mean people as in "you blokes", referring to all the people, male and female, in a group.
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  • Profile picture of the author azlanhussain
    I didn't know that.. this is new to me.. thank guys..
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Wright
      Its usually used with positive connotations ... eg
      "he's a good bloke" about a colleague, friend, team mate
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      • Profile picture of the author Michelle Adams
        This is used a lot in Australia...means man but often in a positive light like Mike mentioned. I consider it almost slang though, I'd rarely use it and if I did I'd mean to emphasize that the man was a very typical Aussie 'bloke'.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazakhan
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Bloke - A guy in American. A "good bloke" would be like a "nice guy".
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    • Profile picture of the author marcanthony
      Thank you everyone for clearing that up for me...

      I've been seeing it used so much lately and I've been very confused about the connotation it held

      Thanks again everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author the newnorcian
    Gudday,the newnorcian herewith a brief desription of a bloke,
    A chap, A fellow, A guy, Anybody. We're all blokes.
    There are good blokes and bad blokes, but most blokes are allright.Some blokes, of course, are 'not worth feeding', but most of the blokes you will meet will be prepared to put their hand in thier pockets and buy you a drink - providing thier are more good blokes than bad blokes.
    Hope that clears that up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    When we use the word 'bloke' in Australia, it has a more masculine connotation than just 'guy'.

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  • Profile picture of the author tomcam
    Seems to be going out of style, at least in Britain. They all seem to say "guy" now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Brock
      Originally Posted by tomcam View Post

      Seems to be going out of style, at least in Britain. They all seem to say "guy" now.
      I do think that "bloke" fits the Aussie accent better.


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  • Profile picture of the author RebeccaL
    I love cockney English! haha

    Reminds me of the scene from Austin Powers.. "english english"
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  • A word "bloke" is not familiar to me, but when I searched on the internet, I found out that the meaning of it is A fellow; a man.

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  • Profile picture of the author brand-all
    Yeah Gidday all. I'm an aussie bloke and proud of it. We blokes over here are called blokes by sheelas who think they're bagging us by using that handle. But she'll be right cuz we don't give a s..t wat they call us as long as they can cook a beaut barbie and crack another tinnie for us while we're gas baggin about the footy.
    Does that clear it all up for you chaps?
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  • Profile picture of the author kguru1979
    means he is good chap or a man .... !!
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  • Profile picture of the author CTABUK
    No you are all incorrect.

    A Bloke was originally 'The Block Man' at executions. His job was to pick the head out of the basket after the executioner had finished 'hacking' - the most famous executioner was Jack Ketch who hacked many a head off. He lives on in the Punch and Judy shows.

    Over the years Block became 'bloke' as executions were ceased. So if you are called a 'good bloke' you should answer in the olde english

    'sod off you wozzick, or I'll pull yer head off'

    That is considered to be the polite version. There are others, but I am far too polite to write them here in such polite company.


    If you believe this rubbish - see a psychoanalist
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    Cool - I always like to find out where words/phrases come from (and while November is a longs way off most Brits know where the term 'guy' comes from too).

    Anyway - is there a female equivalent to 'bloke'?

    and completely off topic - what the heck does a 'Sticky Wicket' mean?

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  • Profile picture of the author CTABUK
    Sticky Wicket is in the game of cricket where the wicket is muddy, and the ball gets bogged down.

    Or you could be referring to the village of Sticky Wicket in Kent, where every year they have a 'Hobgoblin' Day and all the menfolk end up with sticky wickets
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