What does POKE mean?

Definitions for POKEpoʊk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poke, pigeon berry, garget, scoke, Phytolacca americana(noun)

    tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous

  2. dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke(noun)

    someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

  3. sack, poke, paper bag, carrier bag(noun)

    a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases

  4. jab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting(noun)

    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

    "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"

  5. punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug(verb)

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    "I gave him a clout on his nose"

  6. jab, prod, stab, poke, dig(verb)

    poke or thrust abruptly

    "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"

  7. intrude, horn in, pry, nose, poke(verb)

    search or inquire in a meddlesome way

    "This guy is always nosing around the office"

  8. poke(verb)

    stir by poking

    "poke the embers in the fireplace"

  9. thump, pound, poke(verb)

    hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument

    "the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist"

  10. poke(verb)

    make a hole by poking

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poke(noun)

    a large North American herb of the genus Phytolacca (P. decandra), bearing dark purple juicy berries; -- called also garget, pigeon berry, pocan, and pokeweed. The root and berries have emetic and purgative properties, and are used in medicine. The young shoots are sometimes eaten as a substitute for asparagus, and the berries are said to be used in Europe to color wine

  2. Poke(noun)

    a bag; a sack; a pocket

  3. Poke(noun)

    a long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve

  4. Poke(verb)

    to thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire

  5. Poke(verb)

    to thrust with the horns; to gore

  6. Poke(verb)

    to put a poke on; as, to poke an ox

  7. Poke(verb)

    to search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about

  8. Poke(noun)

    the act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs

  9. Poke(noun)

    a lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person

  10. Poke(noun)

    a contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward

  11. Origin: [Cf. LG. poken to prick, pierce, thrust, pok a dagger, knife, D. pook, G. pocken to beat, also Ir. poc a blow, Gael. puc to push.]


  1. Poke

    Poke is a raw salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Pokē is the Hawaiian verb for "section" or "to slice or cut".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poke

    pōk, n. a bag: a pouch.—A pig in a poke, a blind bargain, as of a pig bought without being seen. [Prob. Celt., as Ir. poc, a bag.]

  2. Poke

    pōk, v.t. to thrust or push against with something pointed: to search for with a long instrument: to thrust at with the horns.—v.i. to grope or feel, as in the dark.—n. act of pushing or thrusting: a thrust: a bonnet having a projecting front worn earlier in the century—also Poke′-bonn′et.—ns. Pō′ker, an iron rod for poking or stirring the fire; Po′ker-draw′ing, a design burnt into lime-tree or other wood with 'pokers,' which rather resembled plumbers' soldering irons.—adj. Pō′kerish, like a poker: stiff.—adv. Pō′kerishly.—adj. Pō′king, drudging, servile.—n. Pō′king-stick, a small stick or rod of steel formerly used for adjusting the plaits of ruffs.—adj. Pō′ky, stupid: dull: confined, with little room: poor, shabby.—Poke fun at, to ridicule, make fun of. [Ir. poc, a blow, Gael. puc, to push.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. poke

    See peek.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of POKE in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of POKE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alvin Price:

    Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry.

  2. Eliot Engel:

    I feel so angry that at a time when we are sitting with Iran ... to discuss a new arrangement between our two countries ... they continue to poke us in the eye and continue to spit in our face.

  3. Dmitry Peskov:

    It is so absurd it borders on total stupidity, as regards these( email) batches, that is not our headache. We never poke our noses into others' affairs and we really don't like it when people try to poke their nose into ours.

  4. Jose Bautista:

    Branden Pinder just made a mistake with a fastball, i felt like it was right down the middle, and on a 1-2 count, I'm looking for an extra-base hit. I'm not trying to poke a single to the right side in that situation. I need to get on second.

  5. Richard Tarrant:

    His style is a little gruff. You can poke at him and get him angry, but he's good at rolling out of it, he's got numbers, he's got facts, and if he gets caught by surprise he'll shift really quickly to his stump message. I don't think Hillary stands a chance against him.

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