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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Typical willet behavior is to walk along the water’s edge, stopping to push their stout beaks into the sand in search of worms, sand crabs or mollusks, or pocking around on rocky shorelines picking up crabs, small crustaceans, fish or insects. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Willets right at home along San Diego shorelines," 18 July 2019 The far side is more varied and pocked with craters than the flatter near side. Matthew W. Chwastyk, National Geographic, "Explore 50 years of lunar visits with our newest moon map," 17 June 2019 The industry shakeout has left shopping centers and Main Streets pocked with empty storefronts. Los Angeles Times, "Forever 21 seeks loan as cash dwindles ahead of holiday season," 9 Aug. 2019 Recall that history is pocked with tales of artists behaving badly. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "We may never resolve our conflicted feelings about Michael Jackson," 24 June 2019 Bélizaire eventually returned to the hospital, where walls are pocked with bullet marks from the attack that killed Mouzoko. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Meet the Ebola Workers Battling a Virus in a War Zone," 1 July 2019 One large bowl appears entirely comprised of rubble, its walls a thick, white, rocky crust, pocked with voids and graced with passages of glassy jade and violet. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Gravel, glass and glaze: The radical ceramics of Masaomi Yasunaga," 5 July 2019 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

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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


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Medical Definition of pock

: a pustule in an eruptive disease (as smallpox)

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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