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From Middle English ook, oke, aik, ake, from Old English ?c (also as Old English ??), from Proto-Germanic *aiks, from Proto-Indo-European *h?ey?- (oak).


  • (General American) IPA(key): /o?k/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /??k/
  • enPR: ?k
  • Rhymes: -??k


oak (countable and uncountable, plural oaks)

  1. (countable) A deciduous tree with distinctive deeply lobed leaves, acorns, and notably strong wood, typically of England and northeastern North America, included in genus Quercus.
    • Instead there were the white of aspens, streaks of branch and slender trunk glistening from the green of leaves, and the darker green of oaks, and through the middle of this forest, from wall to wall, ran a winding line of brilliant green which marked the course of cottonwoods and willows.
  2. (uncountable) The wood of the oak.
  3. A rich brown colour, like that of oak wood.
  4. Any tree of the genus Quercus, in family Fagaceae.
  5. Any tree of other genera and species of trees resembling typical oaks of genus Quercus in some ways.
    1. The she-oaks in Allocasuarina and Casuarina, of family Casuarinaceae
    2. Lagunaria, white oak, in family Malvaceae
    3. Various species called silky oak, in family Proteaceae
    4. Toxicodendron, poison oak, in family Anacardiaceae
    5. Various tanbark oak or stone oak species in family Fagaceae, genera Lithocarpus and Notholithocarpus.
  6. The outer (lockable) door of a set of rooms in a college or similar institution. (Often in the phrase "to sport one's oak").
    • 1930, Frank Richards, The Magnet, Prout's Lovely Black Eye
      It was hardly the thing for a master to sport his oak where another member of the staff was concerned.
    • The New Sporting Magazine (volume 15, page 23)
      The vesper bell had rung its parting note; the domini were mostly caged in comfortable quarters, discussing the merits of old port; and the merry student had closed his oak, to consecrate the night to friendship, sack, and claret.
  7. (wine) The flavor of oak.

Alternative forms

  • (oak tree): woak, yack (England, dialectal, possibly obsolete)


  • (oak tree): tree


  • (oak tree): acorn

Derived terms



oak (not comparable)

  1. having a rich brown colour, like that of oak wood.
  2. made of oak wood or timber
    an oak table, oak beam, etc


  • (made of oak): oaken



oak (third-person singular simple present oaks, present participle oaking, simple past and past participle oaked)

  1. (wine, transitive) To expose to oak in order for the oak to impart its flavors.

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See also

Further reading

  • oak on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • oak at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • A-OK, AOK, Kao, Oka, koa, oka

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oak in Examples From Wordnik

  • "An _oaken_ cask," signifies an _oak_ cask, or a cask _of oak_; i.e. a cask _made_ of oak; but a _beer_ cask, and a cask _of beer_, are two different things.
  • "Then the _oak_ is such a blessing," he exclaimed with peculiar fervour, clasping his hands, and repeating often -- "the oak is such a blessing!" slowly and in a solemn tone.
  • The term _oak_ is used in several places in Scripture, but nowhere does it appear to refer to the oak as we know it -- _our indigenous oak_.
  • Among these, the prevailing tree was the evergreen oak, (which, by way of distinction, we call the _live - oak_;) and with these occurred frequently a new species of oak bearing
  • III. iii.210 (440,8) To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak] There is little relation between _eyes_ and _oak_.
  • Right now, I think the oak is a little too noticeable, but this is still a young wine so that rawness will probably fade.
  • Right now, I think the oak is a little too noticeable, but this is still a young wine so that rawness will probably fade.
  • Right now, I think the oak is a little too noticeable, but this is still a young wine so that rawness will probably fade.
  • On a medium-bodied, somewhat creamy palate, the oak is a little raw for my taste and isn't balanced by that timid fruit.
  • When I think of the Commonwealth I see a shady little group of these small saplings which we called the oak parlor; when I think of George



Alternative forms

  • hiccory, hickery, hickry, pokickery


A shortening of pockerchicory/pokickery/pohickery, from an Algonquian language, probably Ojibwe/Algonquin pawcohiccora.


  • IPA(key): /?h?k??i?/, /?h?k?i?/
  • Rhymes: -?k??i


hickory (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood.


hickory (plural hickories)

  1. Any of various deciduous hardwood trees of the genus Carya or Annamocarya.
  2. (uncountable) The wood of these trees.


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hickory in Examples From Wordnik

  • If hickory is too strong for your taste, mix it with some oak.
  • And almost on denim hickory is favored for similar properties.
  • With the exception of the chestnut, the nut trees are not so very common; yet the hickory is not rare, and both the black walnut and the butternut are met with.
  • The Indians have a fine natural genius for oratory, painting, and sculpture: I have a specimen of the latter cut with a knife on a piece of hickory, which is destitute neither of elegance of design, nor neatness of execution.
  • As I thought about it, given a good enough tree, it seemed to me the hickory was the greatest one we could grow.
  • Before we left Connecticut, I had been able to present grafted walnut trees to many of my neighbors who had persisted, hitherto, in calling hickory-nuts "walnuts."
  • My notion is that there is a great future for topworking the various varieties of the hickory in the North to the desirable forms of the hickory, that is, of the hickory other than the _Hicoria pecan_.
  • The hickory is a difficult tree to transplant and I would advise that grafted trees be dug with a ball of dirt for shipping, similar to an evergreen, as I have found that, with the greatest of care and experience, the hickory is very slow to re-establish itself unless handled that way.
  • The Weiker hickory, which is a cross between shagbark (Carya ovata) and shellbark (C. laciniosa) hickories, ripens completely each season.
  • When people speak of the "hickory" without qualification, they are apt to have in mind some one kind of hickory which belonged to their boyhood environment.

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