Often thought of as an Australian word as it is commonly used over there. The Aussie Bloke is a stereotype of a typical Australian Man, i.e. loves sport, beer, bbq's.
It's used in UK and Aus. in the same way guy and dude are used in America
According to a local newspaper in the Midlands, the word originated in the Black country (an area near Birmingham, UK), but I'm really not sure how much truth is in that!
'Right, what are you blokes drinking?'
bloke is used in the same way as guy, man, boy, male.
it has NO particular reference other than denoting gender.
I AM AUSTRALIAN, I SPEAK FROM YRS OF EXPERIENCE
the bloke in the blue shirt is the 1 your looking 4.
that bloke in the corner is a dead set wanker.
It's earliest recorded usage was in Cab Calloway's 1931 recording 'Minnie The Moocher' where he sings "She messed around with a bloke named smokey, she loved him..." It has been used more frequently in Kanye West's collaboration with the UK's Estelle
2) That bloke is pissed
3) Watch that bloke over there
4) That man's really blokey