- The definition of a poke is a push or a prod.
An example of poke is the act of gently sticking a pen into a person's shoulder to get his attention.
- Poke is defined as to prod or push.
An example of poke is for a child to keep sticking his finger into his brother's arm.
poke definition by Webster's New World
- to push or jab with a stick, finger, etc.; prod
- Slang to hit with the fist
- to make by poking: to poke a hole in a bag
- to stir up (a fire) by jabbing the coals with a poker
- to thrust (something) forward; intrude: to poke one's head out a window
Origin: Middle English poken ; from Middle Dutch or Low German
- to make jabs with a stick, poker, etc. (at something)
- to intrude; meddle
- to pry or search: sometimes with about or around
- to stick out; protrude
- to live or move slowly or lazily; loiter; putter; dawdle: often with along
- the act of poking; jab; thrust; nudge
- Slang a blow with the fist
- a poke bonnet, or its projecting front brim
- Dialectal a sack or bag
- Archaic a pocket
- a wallet or purse
- money, esp. all that one has
Origin: Old French poke, poque ; from Frankish an unverified form pokka ; from Indo-European base an unverified form beu-, to blow up, swell from source puck
Origin: earlier pocan ; from Amerindian (Virginian) puccoon, weed used for staining
poke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb poked poked, pok·ing, pokes verb, transitive
- To push or jab at, as with a finger or an arm; prod.
- To make (a hole or pathway, for example) by or as if by prodding, elbowing, or jabbing: I poked my way to the front of the crowd.
- To push; thrust: A seal poked its head out of the water.
- To stir (a fire) by prodding the wood or coal with a poker or stick.
- Slang To strike; punch.
- To make thrusts or jabs, as with a stick or poker.
- To pry or meddle; intrude: poking into another's business.
- To search or look curiously in a desultory manner: poked about in the desk.
- To proceed in a slow or lazy manner; putter: just poked along all morning.
- To thrust forward; appear: The child's head poked from under the blankets.
- A push, thrust, or jab.
- Slang A punch or blow with the fist: a poke in the jaw.
- One who moves slowly or aimlessly; a dawdler.
Origin: Middle English poken, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.
- A projecting brim at the front of a bonnet.
- A large bonnet having a projecting brim.
Origin: From poke1.
noun Chiefly Southern U.S.
Origin: Middle English, probably from Old North French; see pocket.Regional Note: A pig in a poke is concealed in a sack from the buyer. The noun poke—meaning a bag or sack—dates from the 14th century in English. In many parts of Scotland poke means a little paper bag for carrying purchases or a cone-shaped piece of paper for an ice-cream cone. The Oxford English Dictionary gives similar forms in other languages: Icelandic poki, Gaelic poc or poca, and French poche.
Origin: Short for dialectal pocan, of Virginia Algonquian origin; akin to puccoon.
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