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poke

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noun \ˈpōk\

Definition of poke

  1. 1 chiefly Southern & Midland :  bag, sack

  2. 2 a :  wallet b :  purse



Origin of poke

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at pocket


First Known Use: 13th century


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poke

verb

Simple Definition of poke

  • : to push your finger or something thin or pointed into or at someone or something

  • : to make (a hole) in something by pushing something sharp or pointed through or into it

  • : to stick out so that a part can be seen

Full Definition of poke

pokedpok·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  prod, jab <poked him in the ribs> (2) :  to urge or stir by prodding or jabbing <poked and scolded by the old folks — Upton Sinclair> (3) :  to cause to prod :  thrust <poked a stick at the snake> b (1) :  pierce, stab (2) :  to produce by or as if by piercing, stabbing, or jabbing <poke a hole> <poked holes in his heavily footnoted argument — David Stoll> c (1) :  hit, punch <poked him in the nose> (2) :  to deliver (a blow) with the fist (3) :  to hit (a blooper) in baseball

  3. 2 a :  to cause to project <poked her head out of the window> b :  to make (one's way) by poking <poked his way through the ruins> c :  to interpose or interject in a meddlesome manner <asked him not to poke his nose into other people's business>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly b :  to strike out at something

  6. 2 a :  to look about or through something without system :  rummage <poking around in the attic> b :  meddle

  7. 3 :  to move or act slowly or aimlessly <just poked around and didn't accomplish much>

  8. 4 :  to become stuck out or forward :  protrude

poke fun at

Examples of poke

  1. I accidentally poked my finger right through the old fabric.

  2. Throwing pencils is not allowed because someone's eye could get poked out.



Origin of poke

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch poken to poke


First Known Use: 14th century


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poke

noun

Definition of poke

  1. 1 a :  a quick thrust :  jab b :  a blow with the fist :  punch

  2. 2 :  a projecting brim on the front of a woman's bonnet

  3. 3 :  a cutting remark :  dig



Circa 1796

First Known Use of poke

circa 1796


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poke

noun

Definition of poke



Origin of poke

perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian pocone, poughkone puccoon


First Known Use: 1708




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