\ 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 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 Police searched the immediate area but did not locate the man, who is described as between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot, with a medium build and noticeable pock-marks on his face. Anna Marum, OregonLive.com, "Man robs Milwaukie bank with nothing but a note, police say," 12 Jan. 2018 The suspect is described as having curly dark hair in a ponytail, a large pointy nose and pock marks on the right side of his face. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Manhunt for suspect in Washington deputy's death," 8 Jan. 2018 That wall under the a/c unit currently has many pock marks. Caitlin R. Mcglade, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Database: What Broward teachers say about the mold issue in their classrooms," 31 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Food waste is a contributor, and so is traditional wrapping paper, the kind pocked with glitter or coated with plastic for that festive sheen, and therefore unfit for recycling. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Is Tinsel Canceled?," 18 Dec. 2019 There are blue mountains in the distance, and dark earth pocked like the moon. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Blockbuster Video Game That Wants to “Make America Whole Again”," 20 Nov. 2019 There was a paddling of ducks drifting about, a single cormorant, a great blue heron watching from a nearby eucalyptus tree, a snowy egret and a couple of juvenile night herons pocking around at the water’s edge. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Making friends at pond in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park," 12 Oct. 2019 The confrontation lasted seven hours, killed seven people and left homes and stores pocked with hundreds of bullet holes. Los Angeles Times, "Guns from the United States are stoking a homicide epidemic in Mexico," 6 Oct. 2019 As in other cities, many Baltimore shopping districts are anemic and pocked with vacancies. Scott Shane, New York Times, "Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City," 30 Nov. 2019 Recent presidential history is pocked with examples of male candidates flubbing the task of debating beside a woman. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Klobuchar Reminds the Men Onstage: Women Know Something About Abortion, Too," 26 June 2019 Tomorrow these would become ugly bruises that pocked his body like some hideous disease. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 Sparks came in last of the event's 270 runners and walkers in late July in a southwest Detroit neighborhood pocked with vacant lots. cleveland, "As the Affordable Care Act’s future remains in doubt, accumulating evidence suggests it’s made people healthier," 30 Sep. 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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8 Dec 2019

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“Pock.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pock. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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