Definition of POKE

bag, sack; wallet; purse… See the full definition

poke


noun (1)


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ˈpōk


Definition of

poke

(Entry 1 of 5)


1


chiefly Southern US and Midland US



:



bag


,


sack



2


a


:



wallet


b


:



purse

poke


verb


poked


;


poking

Definition of

poke

(Entry 2 of 5)


transitive verb


1


a


(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


2


a



:

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


1


a



:

to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly


b



:

to strike out at something


2


a



:

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



:



ridicule


,


mock


poke


noun (2)

Definition of

poke

(Entry 3 of 5)


1


a



:

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


poke


noun (3)

Definition of

poke

(Entry 4 of 5)


:



pokeweed

poke


noun (4)


po·​ke


|



ˌpō-ˈkā



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

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Synonyms for

poke

Synonyms: Verb


bag

,


balloon

,


beetle

,


belly

,


billow

,


bulge

,


bunch

,


jut

,


overhang

,


pooch

[


chiefly dialect

]

,


pouch

,


pout

,


project

,


protrude

,


stand out

,


start

,


stick out

,


swell


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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

Verb

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

Verb

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch

poken

to poke

Noun (3)

perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian

pocone, poughkone

puccoon

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poke

Dictionary Entries near

poke


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poke


poke about


poke along


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Phrases Related to

poke


a pig in a poke


poke about


poke along


poke around


stick/poke one’s nose in/into

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“Poke.”

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poke. Accessed 1 May. 2021.

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poke

poke



verb

English Language Learners Definition of

poke



:

to push your finger or something thin or pointed into or at someone or something



:

to make (a hole) in something by pushing something sharp or pointed through or into it



:

to stick out so that a part can be seen


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poke

in the English Language Learners Dictionary

poke


verb



ˈpōk



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

poke


noun

Kids Definition of

poke

(Entry 2 of 2)



:

a quick push with something pointed

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