- (informal) Okay; an expression of acknowledgment or affirmation, now often used in an ironical or condescending sense.
- Drugs are bad, m’kay?
- 1997: Christina S. Beck, Partnership for Health :
- C: I want you to re:st (.) re:st (.) as much as you can do (.) is just re:st (.) hhh when >you go< home (.) >you tell< your husband you make dinner honey (.) hhh you take care of me (.) . . . I need >to set< down (.) I need >to rest< (.)
- P: mmkay (.)
- C: and >get down< (.) watch your sodium (.) the salt=
- 2004, Abbe Diaz, PX This :
- well i used to have some skilled sticky fingers of my own back in the day so i know a shoplifted dress when i see one mmkay.
- 2005, Catherine Delaney, The Rosameorns :
- I looked back to him...mmkay brown hair dark eyes...high cheek bones that lucky monkey I wonder if he has some native American.
- 2005, Jenny Colgan, Boy I Loved Before
- She was sitting perched on her desk, in that nonchalant, ‘mmkay?’ way teachers do when they’re trying to pretend they’re down with the kids.
- 1999, Tom Bradley, Black Class Cur :
- “I’ll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell anybody, not even the missus, m’kay?”
- 2003, Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan, The Digital Bits: Insider’s Guide to DVD :
- But do keep in mind that this film [viz. South Park] is not for the faint of heart, and it ain’t for kids, m’kay?
- 2005: Michael Collins, Hot Lights, Cold Steel :
- “Well, I’m going to take a picture of your arm and then this nice doctor is going to fix it for you, okay?”
Nasalized variant of okay. Perhaps made popular by frequent appearance in the cartoon South Park as Mr Mackey's catchphrase; earlier, apparently only in linguistic transcriptions of speech.