- 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.
transitive verbpoked, poking
- 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 of pokeMiddle 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
poke fun at
- Dialectal a sack or bag
- Archaic a pocket
- a wallet or purse
- money, esp. all that one has
Origin of pokeOld 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 of pokeearlier pocan ; from Amerindian (Virginian) puccoon, weed used for staining
verbpoked poked, pok·ing, pokes
- 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 of pokeMiddle 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 of pokeFrom poke1.
nounChiefly Southern US
Origin of pokeMiddle English, probably from Old North French; see pocket. Word History: A pig in a poke is a colorful vernacular expression used to describe something offered in a manner that conceals its true nature or value. Naturally, a buyer cannot inspect the pig if it is covered by a poke—that is, a bag or sack. The word poke meaning “bag” is not confined to just the American South—in many parts of Scotland, poke bag is still used of a little paper bag for carrying purchases like candy. Poke first appears in English in the 1200s and probably comes from Old North French, the northern dialect of Old French. The Old North French word in turn is probably of Germanic origin and is related to words like Icelandic poki, “bag.” Poke has several relatives within English. The word pocket comes from Middle English poket, meaning “pouch, small bag,” which in turn comes from Anglo-Norman pokete, a diminutive of Old North French poke. Pouche, a variant form of Old North French poke, is the source of the English word pouch.
Origin of pokeShort for dialectal pocan, of Virginia Algonquian origin; akin to puccoon.
(third-person singular simple present pokes, present participle poking, simple past and past participle poked)
- To prod or jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick. [from later 14th c.]
- To poke a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
- (figuratively) To rummage as in to poke about in. [from early 19th c.]
- (computing) To modify the value stored in (a memory address).
- To put a poke on.
- to poke an ox
- To thrust with the horns; to gore.
- (US, slang) A lazy person; a dawdler.
- (US, slang) A stupid or uninteresting person.
- (US) A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
- (computing) The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.
- (dialectal) Pokeweed.
Either a shortening of, or from the same source as, pocan (“pokeweed”) (quod vide).