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poke

noun \ ˈpōk \

Definition of poke

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

Origin and Etymology of poke

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at pocket

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poke

verb

Definition of poke

poked; poking
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) : pierce, stab
(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
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 fun at

Examples of poke in a Sentence

  1. I accidentally poked my finger right through the old fabric.

  2. Throwing pencils is not allowed because someone's eye could get poked out.

Origin and Etymology of poke

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch poken to poke

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poke

noun

Definition of poke

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

First Known Use of poke

1690

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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poke

noun

Definition of poke

Origin and Etymology of poke

perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian pocone, poughkone puccoon

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poke

noun po·ke \ ˌpō-ˈkā \
variants: or less commonly poké

Definition of poke

: 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

First Known Use of poke

1977

in the meaning defined above

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POKE Defined for English Language Learners

poke

Definition of poke for English Language Learners

  • : to push your finger or something thin or pointed into or at someone or something

  • : to make (a hole) in something by pushing something sharp or pointed through or into it

  • : to stick out so that a part can be seen


POKE Defined for Kids

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poke

verb \ ˈpōk \

Definition of poke for Students

poked; poking
1 : to push something usually thin or sharp into or at
  • I poked the mud with a stick.
2 : to make by stabbing or piercing
  • The pen poked a hole in my bag.
3 : to thrust or stick out or cause to thrust or stick out
  • Mom poked her head inside Judy's room again.
  • —Megan McDonald, Judy Moody
4 : to search through or look around often without purpose
  • We were poking around in the attic.
5 : to move slowly or lazily

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poke

noun

Definition of poke for Students

: a quick push with something pointed


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