Bloke  was a slang term for a “common” man in England. The earliest known usage is from the early 19th century, when it was recorded as a London slang term of unknown origin, perhaps from Shelta, a secret language of Irish Travellers from Celtic large, stubborn person. Another suggestion is Romany (Gypsy) and Hindi “loke“, as in Bloke”. In Australia, a bloke is a unique masculine alpha male type associated with the country’s national identity. The “Aussie bloke” has been portrayed in important works of art and associated with famous Australian men. “He’s a good bloke” literally means “he’s a good man”.

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