\ 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

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 His time at the county has been tumultuous -- pock-marked by criminal convictions and non-prosecution agreements among top-level staff, and tragedy at the county jail, where eight inmates died in the span of a year. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021 Philip wore the handkerchiefs folded into squares and tucked into the breast pock of his suits. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 18 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 Oct. 2019 The door opposite the apartment was pock-marked with bullet holes. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, 13 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Defenders Black strafe marks pock a prop plane that sits on the runway of Mykolaiv’s small international airport. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 More than 100 lakes pock the dense woods of Itasca. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 July 2021 Scientists estimate ages on the Moon and the rocky planets from the number of craters that pock their surfaces. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 19 Nov. 2020 The Grant and Harding administrations were pocked with cronyism, corruption, and scandal. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, 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, 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, 9 Mar. 2020 That began an illustrious college career pocked with triple-doubles. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2020 From the start, the new taxes were pocked with loopholes. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2019 See More

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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 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pock


\ 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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