Definitions and meaning of poke
- (UK) enPR: pōk, IPA(key): /pəʊk/
- (US) enPR: pōk, IPA(key): /poʊk/
- Rhymes: -əʊk
Middle English, perhaps from Middle Dutch poken or Middle Low German poken (both from Proto-Germanic *puk-), which is probably imitative.
poke (third-person singular simple present pokes, present participle poking, simple past and past participle poked)
- To prod or jab with an object such as a finger or a stick. [from later 14th c.]
- To stir up a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
- (figuratively) To rummage; to feel or grope around. [from early 19th c.]
- Synonyms: fumble, glaum, root; see also Thesaurus:feel around
- (transitive, computing, dated) To modify the value stored in (a memory address).
- Coordinate term: peek
- (transitive) To put a poke (device to prevent leaping or breaking fences) on (an animal).
- (transitive) To thrust at with the horns; to gore.
- (transitive, informal, social media) To notify (another user) of activity on social media or an instant messenger.
- (transitive) To thrust (something) in a particular direction such as the tongue.
- (transitive, slang, vulgar) To penetrate in sexual intercourse.
- Synonyms: drill, nail, pound; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
- 1996 November 25, Washington Times quoted in The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs:
poke (plural pokes)
- A prod, jab, or thrust.
- (US, slang) A lazy person; a dawdler.
- (US, slang) A stupid or uninteresting person.
- An old, worn-out horse.
- (US) A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
- (computing, dated) The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.
- (informal, social media) A notification sent to get another user's attention on social media or an instant messenger.
- A poke bonnet.
- better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick
From Middle English poke, from Anglo-Norman poke (whence pocket), from Frankish *poka. More at pocket.
poke (plural pokes)
- (now regional) A sack or bag. [from early 13th c.]
- c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, act 2, scene 7:
- And then he drew a dial from his poke,
And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Says very wisely, ‘It is ten o'clock…’
- 1605, William Camden, Remaines Concerning Brittaine, 1629 edition, Proverbes, page 276:
- When the Pig is proffered, hold vp the poke.
- 1627, Michael Drayton, Minor Poems of Michael Drayton, 1907 edition, poem Nimphidia:
- And suddainly vntyes the Poke,
Which out of it sent such a smoke,
As ready was them all to choke,
So greeuous was the pother […]
- 1814, September 4, The Examiner, volume 13, number 349, article French Fashions, page 573:
- … and as to shape, a nightmare has as much. Under the poke and the muff-box, the face sometimes entirely disappears …
- 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, page 91:
- In the summertime they'd reach out and snatch your straw hat right off your head, and if you were fool enough to go after it your poke was bound to be lighter when you came out.
- 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, page 138:
- She did not eat blood-oranges. Her maw gived her one in a poke and she was going to throw it in the bin, Oh it is all black.
- A long, wide sleeve.
- Synonym: poke sleeve
- (Scotland, Northern Ireland) An ice cream cone.
Either a shortening of, or from the same source as, pocan (“pokeweed”) (q.v.).
- (dialectal) Pokeweed.
Borrowed from Hawaiian poke (literally “to cut crosswise into pieces”).
- (Hawaii) Slices or cubes of raw fish or other raw seafood, mixed with sesame oil, seaweed, sea salt, herbs, spices, or other flavorful ingredients.
Often typeset as poké to aid pronunciation.
- IPA(key): /ˈpoke/, [ˈpo̞ke̞]
- Rhymes: -oke
- Syllabification: po‧ke
From portsari (“doorman”).
- (slang) doorman, bouncer (at a bar or nightclub)
From porno (“pornography”).
- (slang) pornography
Borrowed from Anglo-Norman poke.
poke (plural pokes)
- sack, pouch, bag
- English: poke
- Yola: poake, pooke
- “pōke, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
From Frankish *poka.
poke f (oblique plural pokes, nominative singular poke, nominative plural pokes)
- E puis les poudrez bien de sel e les mettez ensemble en une poke de bon kanevaz
- → Middle English: poc, poke, pooke
- English: poke (regional)
- Scots: pok, poke, polk, poik
From Proto-Tocharian *pokowjä-, earlier *pākewjä-, from pre-Tocharian *bʰeh₂ǵʰow-h₁en- (definite), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵʰús (“arm”). Compare Tocharian B pokai.
- Adams, Douglas Q. (2013), “poko*”, in A Dictionary of Tocharian B: Revised and Greatly Enlarged (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 10), Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, →ISBN, page 434
- to prod.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)