Definition of pokerish
: that elicits a vague fear, dread, or awe : eerie there is something pokerish about a deserted dwelling, even in broad daylight — J. R. Lowell
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Origin and Etymology of pokerish
from archaic English poker hobgoblin (probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian pokker devil, Old Norse pūki) + -ish
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