\ ˈpäk How to pronounce pock (audio) \

Definition of pock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pustule in an eruptive disease (such as smallpox) also : a spot suggesting such a pustule


pocked; pocking; pocks

Definition of pock (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with or as if with pocks : pit

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Synonyms for pock

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pock in a Sentence

Noun noticed strange pocks on his torso Verb one of the many craters that pock the moon's surface
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One particular bummer is that the textures applied to human faces originally split the difference between realistic and exaggerated, particularly in pock-marking the cheeks and jawlines of those who live in the game's corporate-run dystopia. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Outer Worlds on Switch: A monumental, messy conversion on weak hardware," 4 June 2020 But don’t get carried away and string together too many loud, aggressive, irregular clucks and pocks that can drown out a turkey’s gobble. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "25 Top Spring Turkey Hunting Tips," 20 Apr. 2020 The field of Alzheimer’s research has been pock-marked with failures after failure of clinical trials—in part, researchers now believe, because the models weren’t telling them the full story. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Scientists are keeping some Alzheimer’s lab mice alive in the midst of Covid-19," 8 Apr. 2020 Leading the night’s awards categories was Post Malone, who earned the most nods with seven nominations, including artist of the year, collaboration of the year and favorite male artist – pop/pock. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "American Music Awards 2019: See the Full List of Winners," 24 Nov. 2019 Sporting a bushy beard, a corncob pipe, and a face riddled with pocks and crags, Wake looks like a cross between Captain Birdseye and Trotsky and sounds like a cartoon pirate. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Lighthouse Takes You to the Hellish Ends of the Earth," 18 Oct. 2019 The door opposite the apartment was pock-marked with bullet holes. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Killer 'never made any threats' to 4 children found dead after standoff, Orlando Police chief says," 13 June 2018 A couple days to two weeks later, a red rash of round pocks erupts on the skin’s surface where the pain and itching occurred. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 In the house where Mehsud died, blood colours the floor but bullet-holes pock only one wall. The Economist, "Crime and justiceIn some countries, killer cops are celebrated," 8 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scientists estimate ages on the Moon and the rocky planets from the number of craters that pock their surfaces. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years," 19 Nov. 2020 The Grant and Harding administrations were pocked with cronyism, corruption, and scandal. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, "With Flynn, Barr Burns Justice to Feed Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ Fantasy," 15 May 2020 The lake’s receding water left behind a crazy plain of sprawling cocklebur fields pocked with silty potholes. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A D.I.Y. Duck Hunt on Public Land in New Mexico," 10 Mar. 2020 In mid-November, the moms moved into the Magnolia Street house and got help from volunteers to repair the sagging interior, stock the kitchen, and drape a tarp over the roof, pocked with holes. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, "Moms 4 Housing: Redefining the Right to a Home in Oakland," 9 Mar. 2020 That began an illustrious college career pocked with triple-doubles. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Get to know the nation's best college basketball player, Sabrina Ionescu," 25 Feb. 2020 From the start, the new taxes were pocked with loopholes. New York Times, "How Big Companies Won New Tax Breaks From the Trump Administration," 30 Dec. 2019 Misurata, nestled on Libya’s coast 116 miles east of Tripoli, is pocked with the scars of drones. Washington Post, "Libya’s conflict increasingly fought by cheap, powerful drones," 22 Dec. 2019 The acclaimed murder mystery -- starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Don Johnson -- has pocked $63.5 million in North America and a strong $124 million globally to date. Rebecca Rubin, chicagotribune.com, "Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ remains victorious, ‘Playmobil’ bombs," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pock


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pock


Middle English pokke, from Old English pocc; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch pocke pock

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“Pock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pock. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pock

: to make holes in or marks on (something)


\ ˈpäk How to pronounce pock (audio) \

Kids Definition of pock

: a small swelling like a pimple on the skin (as in smallpox) or the mark it leaves


\ ˈpäk How to pronounce pock (audio) \

Medical Definition of pock

: a pustule in an eruptive disease (as smallpox)

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