stoked; stoking

transitive verb

: to poke or stir up (a fire, flames, etc.) : supply with fuel
: to feed abundantly
: to increase the activity, intensity, or amount of
limiting the number of cars available … will help stoke demand for the carKeith Naughton

intransitive verb

: to stir up or tend a fire (as in a furnace) : supply a furnace with fuel

Examples of stoke in a Sentence

The engineer stoked the coals. The new ad campaign has helped to stoke sales. Poor revenue figures have stoked concerns about possible layoffs.
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Word History


Dutch stoken; akin to Middle Dutch stuken to push

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoke was in 1683

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Cite this Entry

“Stoke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


stoked; stoking
: to stir up or tend (as a fire)
: to supply (as a furnace) with fuel
: to feed plentifully
stoker noun

Medical Definition


: the cgs unit of kinematic viscosity being that of a fluid which has a viscosity of one poise and a density of one gram per cubic centimeter

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