pokerish

adjective

pok·​er·​ish
ˈpōk(ə)rish
archaic
: that elicits a vague fear, dread, or awe : eerie
there is something pokerish about a deserted dwelling, even in broad daylightJ. R. Lowell

Word History

Etymology

from archaic English poker hobgoblin (probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian pokker devil, Old Norse pūki) + -ish

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“Pokerish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pokerish. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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