One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An uncouth or obnoxious person.
lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokelView synonyms
- ‘Giles is a philandering upper-class oik, relentlessly snotty and stultifyingly snobbish.’
- ‘They seem to think it's those government oiks who are picking on them.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘The neo-romantic oiks who famously heckled him in 1994 drew scant response from the audience.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Two little oiks rang my doorbell just now (I'm at home today).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So, in conclusion, one might say that the answer to criticism is not to come clean but to bamboozle the oiks who criticise you.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But it's not just New Money oiks who've come in for a finger wagging.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Look you oik, either you pay up or we'll turn over your plot to a local yuppie who really deserves it.’
- ‘These would be well-meaning and concerned oiks.’
- ‘Here, a spotty oik wearing a baseball cap and a name badge asks if you want fries with that.’
- ‘Lets face it, we are all as mad as hell about these useless, power hungry oiks.’
- ‘I actually agree with something coming out of the mouth of the foul-mouthed oik that is Noel.’
- ‘Behind the bar is Steve, a clumsy, almost heroically inept young oik.’
- ‘Speeders, no matter what their status in life, are nothing more than selfish oiks.’
1930s: of unknown origin.
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