Definition of A-OK in English:

A-OK

(also A-okay)

adjective

North American
informal
  • In good order or condition; all right.

    ‘everything will be A-OK’
    ‘an A-OK sign’
    • ‘High-intensity sports like soccer, basketball, and sprinting are A-OK.’
    • ‘This in itself is A-OK, but such countries run the risk of being sandbagged by protectionist tariffs initiated by neighbouring nations.’
    • ‘Now, everyone thinks you have a disease, when in real life, you're 100% A-OK.’
    • ‘‘Yeah,’ I reply, straightening up and hastily brushing brownie crumbs off the front of my shirt, ‘I'm A-okay.’’
    • ‘Which means that all the corporations that had the foresight to profit early from their disloyalty, depriving the government of $70 billion a year, are A-okay.’
    • ‘Mortgages are bought and sold, debt is traded and passed down the line, the ‘carry trade’ keeps racking up profits and the numbers continue being shuffled to demonstrate that everything is A-OK.’
    • ‘The university administration argues that participation rates in Ontario and Alberta - two of the several provinces that experienced massive increases over the past ten years or so - haven't gone down, proving everything is A-okay.’
    • ‘‘On the surface everything is A-OK,’ says Marshall Wittman, a conservative analyst at the Hudson Institute.’
    • ‘This guy might be one A-OK fellow.’
    • ‘If Trisha doesn't say anything, her boss will assume everything's A-OK.’
    • ‘Since June 14, everything in Cleveland is A-OK.’
    • ‘The pastor of the church we serve at is A-OK with it; he still supports me and can't see what the big deal is.’
    • ‘You've chaired three committees, so over time have you seen a pattern of repeated flaws in the systems, repeated assurances that the systems are A-OK?’
    • ‘All eye/forehead related stuff is A-OK, thanks for asking.’
    • ‘Cheerleaders and crack drumlines would be A-OK with 99.4 percent of the halftime audience.’
    • ‘I got a clean bill of health from the doctors and everything is A-OK.’
    • ‘Wide open highways on which I can drive 90 are A-okay, on the other hand.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, to be able to say that the power system is A-OK is a big step for this engineering team, as they try to figure out what has gone wrong.’
    • ‘Another vote for tasteful hair coloring being A-OK!’
    • ‘So the account or the tax preparer would often help out in terms of structuring a return in order to look as though it was A-OK.’

adverb

North American
informal
  • In a good manner or way; all right.

    ‘we hit it off A-OK’
    • ‘However, steam comes out of the manholes in the street, and any city that offers this feature is automatically A-OK in my book.’
    • ‘Then they put a pop beat behind it and everything's A-OK?’
    • ‘Which, to go full circle for a moment, is one of the reasons college hoops is doing A-OK.’
    • ‘The more he tries to project that everything is just A-OK, the more ridiculous he looks.’
    • ‘We had over an inch of rain Monday night but we stuck to the trails that drain fast and things were A-OK.’
    • ‘Global corporations and the mental pollution of advertising are A-OK when they help to sell his books.’
    • ‘And second excepting me to be happy A-OK about the whole thing!’
    • ‘Assuming his back checks out A-OK, he will fan the most flames in the Hot Stove League.’
    • ‘If they used property law, rather than a blanket prohibition on movement or travel, then everything would be A-OK…’
    • ‘But he does manage to work in the name ‘Wily Mo Pena,’ which is A-OK by us.’
    • ‘But if you tell them you spent the money on consultants, that's A-okay.’
    • ‘Took care of some spots that have been water collection areas and all should be A-OK moving forward.’
    • ‘So, the government robbing us for a service they do not provide is A-OK, but a company charging money for the sale of their own property is an ‘abuse of market power’.’
    • ‘I mean, I'd have felt a bit guilty for ordering a sandwich with a pile of fatty, fried bacon, but somehow ordering a club sandwich makes it feel A-OK!’
    • ‘I came home too sick to eat (be shocked now!) because I was so worried about Ozzy but finally figured out the problem so that's A-okay.’

Origin

1960s (originally an astronauts' term): from a ll systems OK.

Pronunciation

A-OK

/eɪəʊˈkeɪ/