Definitions for POKEpoʊk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pokepoʊk(v.; n.)poked, pok•ing

  1. (v.t.)to prod or push, esp. with something narrow or pointed.

  2. to make (a hole, one's way, etc.) by or as if by prodding or pushing.

  3. to thrust or push:

    She poked her head out of the window.

  4. to force, drive, or stir by or as if by pushing or thrusting:

    to poke the fire up.

  5. (v.i.)to make a pushing or thrusting movement with the finger, a stick, etc.

  6. to extend or project (often fol. by out).

  7. to thrust oneself obtrusively.

  8. to search curiously; pry (often fol. by around or about).

  9. to go or proceed in a slow or aimless way (often fol. by along).

  10. (n.)a thrust or push.

  11. Ref: slowpoke.

Idioms for poke:

  1. poke fun at,to ridicule or mock.

    Category: Idiom

  2. poke one's nose into,to meddle in; pry into.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of poke:

1300–50; ME < MD, MLG poken to thrust. Cf. poach1



  1. Chiefly Midland U.S. a bag or sack, esp. a small one.

    Category: Dialect, Scottish

  2. Archaic. a pocket.

Origin of poke:

1250–1300; ME < MD, whence also ONF poque, F poche bag, pocket; cf. poach2, pocket , pouch


  1. a projecting brim at the front of a bonnet, framing the face.

    Category: Clothing

  2. Also called poke′ bon`net. a bonnet or hat with such a brim.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of poke:

1760–70; perh. identical with poke1


  1. Category: Plants

    Ref: pokeweed .

Origin of poke:

1590–1600; perh. shortening of obs. pocan pokeweed, perh. var. of puccoon (pokeberries and puccoon roots were both sources of red dye)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. poke(verb)ʊk

    to press into, under, etc. sth with your finger or a long thin object

    Mom, Hal poked me in the arm!; He poked around under the bed looking for his shoe.

  2. pokeʊk

    to appear or make appear through a gap

    toes poking through a hole in his sock; I poked my head around the door to say "hi."

  3. pokeʊk

    to joke about sb or sth, often in an unkind way

    comedians who poke fun at politicians

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


  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".

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. poke

    See peek.

Translations for POKE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to push something into; to prod

He poked a stick into the hole; He poked her in the ribs with his elbow.

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