One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural milkosAustralian, NZ
A person who delivers milk to homes; a milkman.‘when I was younger, the milkos could be heard whistling all over town’
- ‘There was a co-ordination between the milko and his nag, of which many managers these days could only dream and hope.’
- ‘He grew up on the streets of South Sydney, attended Marist Brothers in Randwick, became a milko and then a referee.’
- ‘I am old enough to remember the milko coming to my parents' home in a horse-drawn cart.’
- ‘The milko came to the door with the open pail and gave us milk every morning which Mum used to boil and get the nice cream off the top for us.’
- ‘Who doesn't whip into Waitrose to pick up a spare pinta rather than add a "please milko one more please" note to the doorstep.’
Early 20th century: from the milkman's standard cry of milk o!.
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