poke

1 of 5

noun (1)

1
chiefly Southern US and Midland US : bag, sack
2
a
: wallet
b
: purse

poke

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verb

poked; poking

transitive verb

1
a(1)
: prod, jab
poked him in the ribs
(2)
: to urge or stir by prodding or jabbing
poked and scolded by the old folks Upton Sinclair
(3)
: to cause to prod : thrust
poked a stick at the snake
b(1)
(2)
: to produce by or as if by piercing, stabbing, or jabbing
poke a hole
poked holes in his heavily footnoted argument David Stoll
c(1)
: hit, punch
poked him in the nose
(2)
: to deliver (a blow) with the fist
(3)
: to hit (a blooper) in baseball
2
a
: to cause to project
poked her head out of the window
b
: to make (one's way) by poking
poked his way through the ruins
c
: to interpose or interject in a meddlesome manner
asked him not to poke his nose into other people's business

intransitive verb

1
a
: to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly
b
: to strike out at something
2
a
: to look about or through something without system : rummage
poking around in the attic
b
: meddle
3
: to move or act slowly or aimlessly
just poked around and didn't accomplish much
4
: to become stuck out or forward : protrude

poke

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noun (2)

1
a
: a quick thrust : jab
b
: a blow with the fist : punch
2
: a projecting brim on the front of a woman's bonnet
3
: a cutting remark : dig

poke

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noun (3)

poke

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noun (4)

po·​ke ˌpō-ˈkā How to pronounce poke (audio)
variants or less commonly poké
: a Hawaiian salad made typically from cubed pieces of raw seafood (such as tuna) marinated with soy sauce and sesame oil and mixed with onions or other ingredients
While Poke Hut will serve burritos, its specialty is poke bowls. Bases include sushi rice or greens, and from there customers choose a protein like raw or marinated tuna or salmon. Andy Brownfield
Phrases
poke fun at

Example Sentences

Verb I accidentally poked my finger right through the old fabric. Throwing pencils is not allowed because someone's eye could get poked out.

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at pocket

Verb

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch poken to poke

Noun (3)

perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian pocone, poughkone puccoon

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun (2)

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (3)

1708, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poke was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near poke

Cite this Entry

“Poke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poke. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

poke 1 of 3

noun

chiefly Southern & Midland

poke

2 of 3

verb

poked; poking
1
a
: jab, prod
poke a stick at a snake
poked me in the ribs
c
: to produce by piercing, stabbing, or jabbing
poke a hole
2
: to stick out or cause to stick out
poked her head out the window
3
: to be nosy especially about things that do not concern one
4
: to search over or through usually without purpose : rummage
poking around in the attic
5
: to move slowly or lazily
they were just poking along home
poke fun at

poke

3 of 3

noun

: a quick thrust : jab

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