1 of 2


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


2 of 2


pocked; pocking; pocks

transitive verb

: to mark with or as if with pocks : pit

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
They were riddled with lesions, pock marks and holes. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Barks, not the pock of tennis balls, were heard across the sunny, 40-acre (16-hectare) grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 6 May 2023 After Carey’s stay, the home’s wooden floors had to be replaced—to the tune of $90,000—thanks to pock marks from her high heels. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2023 The cars, parked next to a basketball goal, are riddled with pock marks. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2023 His sallow legs are stippled with acid pock marks. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 In the five years since Bentley released his last studio album, 2018’s The Mountain, and went into Rocky Mountain exile, open divisions and infighting driven by political differences and the culture wars have pock-marked the genre. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 6 Mar. 2023 Each pock on the fruit’s exterior is called an achene, and each achene is an individual fruit with a corresponding seed in the interior. Elsbeth Sites, Discover Magazine, 12 Aug. 2014 In more corrosive water, the once-pristine shells become flaked and pock-marked—a harbinger of an early death. WIRED, 2 Nov. 2022
Some Jewish students fear the anonymity is giving dangerous new license to protests that have already been pocked by antisemitism. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 2 May 2024 Outside, potholes pocked the parking lot and deep splits formed in warped sidewalks. Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman, 27 Mar. 2024 The Angels eventually retreated to mediocrity pocked by misfortune that weighs on their wings to this day. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 The series begins in the 2017-18 season, when Sunderland has been relegated after a decade in the tier-one Premier League, but the club’s entire history is pocked with spectacular failures. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2024 All roads leading out of the city are blocked by gangs, as is access to the port, and the city’s international airport has been shuttered, its walls pocked with bullet holes. Caitlin Stephen Hu, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 The nonprofit National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Grammys, pocked more than $75 million in broadcast, sponsorship, and ticket sale revenues in 2021 and paid no income taxes on those proceeds. Scott Hodge, Orange County Register, 26 Feb. 2024 And the woods can be pocked with streams, ponds and swamps that freeze quickly. Luis Ferré-Sadurní, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Today, a chain-link fence wraps around the historic landmark pocked with peeling paint. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pock was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pock. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small swelling on the skin like a pimple (as in chicken pox or smallpox)
also : the scar it leaves

Medical Definition


: a pustule in an eruptive disease (as smallpox)

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