- A quick look or glance.
“One dekko and you’ll see what I mean about the new neighbors.”
“Take a dekko at the cake and tell me what you think.”
“Have a dekko at the clothes I picked out for you before you make up your mind.”
Hindi, late 19th century
Why this word?
This bit of British slang was borrowed in the 19th century by the British army in India. It comes from the Hindi word “dekho,” meaning “look!” It’s used in the same sense as “have a quick look at this” or “take a glance” — just “have a dekko” and you’ll see.
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