Definition of oik in English:


(also oick)


  • An uncouth or obnoxious person.

    • ‘Here, a spotty oik wearing a baseball cap and a name badge asks if you want fries with that.’
    • ‘It's the heart-warming and inspiring story of two almost entirely clueless posh oiks, who throw caution to the wind and go and live on a small island.’
    • ‘These would be well-meaning and concerned oiks.’
    • ‘I actually agree with something coming out of the mouth of the foul-mouthed oik that is Noel.’
    • ‘Where dissent rears its ugly head let us behave with studied disdain and act as if some oik has committed some dreadful faux pas and ignore the blighter.’
    • ‘Lets face it, we are all as mad as hell about these useless, power hungry oiks.’
    • ‘I felt a real oik reading books related to my course which were not on the reading list.’
    • ‘She is contemplating the oiks who work for her.’
    • ‘Two little oiks rang my doorbell just now (I'm at home today).’
    • ‘But it's not just New Money oiks who've come in for a finger wagging.’
    • ‘Cheap flights are blamed for global warming, noise pollution, the need for more airports and their ability to give working-class oiks the ability to use Europe as their playground on a regular basis.’
    • ‘The neo-romantic oiks who famously heckled him in 1994 drew scant response from the audience.’
    • ‘Now some oik with my name is living the life of Riley while here I am worrying about the size of my overdraft and how I'm going to pay the next instalment on my mobile phone!’
    • ‘They seem to think it's those government oiks who are picking on them.’
    • ‘Speeders, no matter what their status in life, are nothing more than selfish oiks.’
    • ‘So, in conclusion, one might say that the answer to criticism is not to come clean but to bamboozle the oiks who criticise you.’
    • ‘Giles is a philandering upper-class oik, relentlessly snotty and stultifyingly snobbish.’
    • ‘Behind the bar is Steve, a clumsy, almost heroically inept young oik.’
    • ‘Look you oik, either you pay up or we'll turn over your plot to a local yuppie who really deserves it.’
    • ‘Cannington could just about stand being this oik's godfather, but the fact that he was related to him by blood made it even worse.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel
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1930s: of unknown origin.