\ 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

boil, fester, hickey, papule, pimple, pustule, whelk, zit [slang]

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Examples of pock in a Sentence


noticed strange pocks on his torso


one of the many craters that pock the moon's surface

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Make Gary Sanchez a pet project: The young catcher is either on the doorstep of what could be a Hall of Fame career or one that will be pock-marked by mental errors and attitude problems. Bob Klapisch, USA TODAY, "A road map to success for the new Yankees manager," 28 Oct. 2017 Oftentimes, eggplant in the supermarket is simply old — pock-marked, faded, shriveled, sad. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fresh takes on eggplant," 2 Oct. 2017

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Even more telling are microfossils that Knauth and his colleagues have unearthed from ancient holes pocking the barren surface of the dolomite. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 From the Ivorian capital of Abidjan, the village of Bonon is a five-hour drive along two-lane roads pocked with pond-sized potholes. Washington Post, "Cocoa’s child laborers," 5 June 2019 Here, a bird’s-eye view of the Whampoa Garden neighborhood turns a cluster of bland 16-story apartment buildings—shoved together like chips on a circuit board—into a playful landscape pocked with vibrant colors. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Spirit of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City," 11 Dec. 2018 What would Rogers, a lifelong Republican who died in 2003, make of today’s experience of childhood, pocked with school shootings, social media, and a bully-like president? Adam Eisenstat, Vox, "Mr. Rogers was my actual neighbor. He was everything he was on TV and more.," 26 July 2018 The yellow-brick Harborview Medical Center, decorated in places with white chevrons and pocked with dollhouse windows, is a gorgeous building, an early-twentieth-century sanitarium overlooking Seattle’s infinite harbor. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 In poor neighborhoods like Buffalo’s East Side, a new $42 million WorkForce Center is rising, a glimmer of hope in a neighborhood pocked with empty lots, rundown businesses and vacant storefronts. New York Times, "Cuomo’s ‘Buffalo Billion’: Is New York Getting Its Money’s Worth?," 2 July 2018 His career has been pocked with injury, his durability suffering on account of his wavering commitment. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 The fictional building’s basement walls — pocked with bullet holes and smeared with blood — bore witness to their demise. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "'The Handmaid's Tale': A deeper look at the chillingly prescient second season," 9 July 2018

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

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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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