Oker meaning

(Now chiefly dialectal) To increase (in price); add to.
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(mineralogy) Alternative form of ocher.
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(Now chiefly dialectal) Interest on money; usury; increase.
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Origin of oker

  • From Middle English oker, okur, okir, okyr, ocker, from Old Norse ókr (“usury”), from Proto-Germanic *wōkraz (“progeny, earnings, profit”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg- (“to add, increase”). Cognate with Scots ocker (“usury”), Icelandic ókur (“usury”), Swedish ocker (“usury”), German Wucher (“usury, profiteering, racket”), Dutch woeker (“usury”), Old English wōcor (“increase, growth, fruit, usury”), Gothic [script?] (wōkrs, “interest, usury, tax”), Latin augere (“to increase”). More at eke, wax.

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