‘Okie Dokie’: Definition, Meaning and Examples

By Shanea Patterson, updated on March 13, 2023

Did you hear someone say ‘okie dokie’ in passing and wondered what they meant by that? Below, we’ll take a look at the definition and origin, and provide some examples of how to use the phrase correctly in a sentence.

In short:

‘Okie dokie’ simply means ‘okay’ or ‘alright.’

Essentially, it means you’ve accepted the terms of an agreement or that you understand what someone said.

What Does ‘Okie Dokie’ Mean?

‘Okie dokie’ is an expression used to mean ‘okay.’ It’s also to show that you agree to something or that you want to start talking about something else or doing something else.

The expression is used in American English, and it’s technically a variant of the abbreviation of the word ‘OK.’

As you can see, the first two letters in the phrase ‘okie dokie’ are an ‘o’ and a ‘k.’

The phrase means exactly the same thing as the word ‘okay,’ which means all right. It could also be a sign of approval or endorsement.

Some people use it to mean ‘authorize.’

Where Does ‘Okie Dokie’ Come From? 

The phrase ‘okie dokie’ comes from early 19th-century intellectual and literary societies in the American Northeast.

They intentionally misspelled ‘all correct’ as ‘Oll Korrect.’

The phrase then came ‘OK,’ and finally, ‘Okie Dokie.’ From there, the phrase became more widespread as time marched on.

More modern usages include its use in the movie The Little Rascals, in which its spelled ‘oki-doki.’

You might have also heard the phrase ‘okey dokey artichoke’ from the movie Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.

Examples of ‘Okie Dokie’ in Sentences 

How would you use ‘okie dokie’ in a sentence? Let’s look at some examples:

  • Okie dokie, we’re going to the movie theater to see the new Spiderman movie tonight. Can you feed the dogs and walk them?
  • Oh, she’s a bibliophile. Okie dokie, I’ve got the perfect gift – a set of fiction books from the Divergent series.
  • Okie dokie, I’ll get the popcorn, and you get the Twizzlers. This is going to be such a fun sleepover birthday party!
  • Okie dokie, I’ll have to get permission from my mom in order to go on that field trip next week. I’ll let you know when he signs the permission slip.
  • My men don’t do anything without the okie-doke from me. They’re under my command, and they won’t cross any borders without my say-so.
  • When I asked, I told my mom I got invited to a party, and she said, ‘Okie dokie. Just be back home by 11 am.’
  • Okie dokie, I’ll make sure they’re in bed by 7 pm. I’ll also make sure they go potty, and I’ll read them a bedtime story.
  • Okie dokie, I’ll spread the peanut butter, and you spread the jelly. Together, we’re going to make a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Other Ways to Say ‘Okie Dokie’

What other words and phrases convey the same meaning as ‘okie dokie’?

Here are a few examples:  

  • Okay
  • Acceptable
  • Decent
  • Tolerable
  • Sufficient
  • Good
  • Hunky-dory
  • Fair
  • Average
  • Appropriate
  • Adequate
  • Tolerable
  • Satisfactory
  • Okie-Doke

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Okie Dokie’

To recap, we learned that:

In short, ‘okie dokie’ simply means ‘okay’ or ‘alright.’ Essentially, it means you’ve accepted the terms of an agreement or that you understand what someone said.

If you ever get stuck on anything, you can always come back here to review what you learned. We’ve also got a whole library of content on other idioms you might see while you’re learning English. Come back whenever you need to and browse our content.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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