• noun a working-class male, especially one epitomising the more boorish Australian attributes. This word, which seems to be related to the British oik by an unrecorded process, has a resonance beyond its simple definition. It has overtones of the American ‘good ole boy’. ‘Ockerism’ and ‘ockerdom’ describe the cult or syndrome of male comradeship, beer-drinking and lack of refinement embodied in such cultural icons as the comedian Paul Hogan’s ‘Hoag’ character and the Test cricketer Merv Hughes. (Alf is a less well-known synonym for ocker.).