noun (1)
\ ˈpōk How to pronounce poke (audio) \

Definition of poke

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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


poked; poking

Definition of poke (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a(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
2a : 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

1a : to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly
b : to strike out at something
2a : 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


noun (2)

Definition of poke (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : 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


noun (3)

Definition of poke (Entry 4 of 5)


noun (4)
po·​ke | \ ˌpō-ˈkā How to pronounce poke (audio) \
variants: or less commonly poké

Definition of poke (Entry 5 of 5)

: 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

Examples of poke in a Sentence

Verb I accidentally poked my finger right through the old fabric. Throwing pencils is not allowed because someone's eye could get poked out.

First Known Use of poke

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun (2)

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (3)

1708, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poke

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at pocket


Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch poken to poke

Noun (3)

perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian pocone, poughkone puccoon

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“Poke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poke. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for poke


\ ˈpōk How to pronounce poke (audio) \
poked; poking

Kids Definition of poke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of poke (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick push with something pointed

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