Definition and Meanings for poke

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Poke is ranked 20,121 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of poke

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of poke

as. poca, poha, pohha; akin to icel. poki, od. poke, and perh. to e. pock; cf. also gael. poca, and of. poque. cf. pock, pocket, pouch cf. lg. poken to prick, pierce, thrust, pok a dagger, knife, d. pook, g. pocken to beat, also ir. poc a blow, gael. puc to push from 5th poke, 3

Meaning of poke

as noun

  • a large north american herb of the genus phytolacca (phytolacca decandra), bearing dark purple juicy berries; -- called also garget, pigeon berry, pocan, and pokeweed. the root and berries have emetic and purgative properties, and are used in medicine. the young shoots are sometimes eaten as a substitute for asparagus, and the berries are said to be used in europe to color wine.

as noun

  • a bag; a sack; a pocket.
  • a long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire.
  • to thrust with the horns; to gore.
  • to put a poke on; as, to poke an ox.

as intransitive verb

  • to search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about.

as noun

  • the act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs.
  • a lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person.
  • a contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. it consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
  • No antonyms for poke

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