: 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


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

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“Pokerish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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