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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
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) :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
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 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


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poke

noun

Definition of poke

Origin and Etymology of poke

perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian pocone, poughkone puccoon



POKE Defined for English Language Learners

poke

verb

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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