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Meaning of POKE

Pronunciation:  powk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"
  2. [n]  (boxing) a blow with the fist
  3. [n]  a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
  4. [n]  tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous
  5. [v]  poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
  6. [v]  make a hole by poking
  7. [v]  hit hard with the had, fist, or some heavy instrument; "the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist"
  8. [v]  stir by poking; "poke the embers in the fireplace"
  9. [v]  search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"

POKE is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: biff, carrier bag, dig, garget, jab, jabbing, lick, nose, paper bag, Phytolacca americana, pigeon berry, poking, pound, prod, pry, punch, sack, scoke, stab, thrust, thrusting, thump
 See Also: agitate, bag, blow, commove, counter, counterpunch, disturb, doggie bag, doggy bag, gesture, grocery bag, haymaker, hit, hook, horn in, intrude into, jab, knockout punch, KO punch, look, meddle with, nose out, parry, pierce, poke into, pokeweed, rabbit punch, raise up, scent out, search, shake up, shopping bag, smell out, sniff out, stir up, sucker punch, Sunday punch, thrust, vex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Poke\, n. (Bot.)
    A large North American herb of the genus {Phytolacca} ({P.
    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.
  2. \Poke\, n. [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}.]
    1. A bag; a sack; a pocket. ``He drew a dial from his poke.''
             They wallowed as pigs in a poke.      --Chaucer.
    2. A long, wide sleeve; -- called also {poke sleeve}.
    {To boy a pig a poke} (that is, in a bag), to buy a thing
       without knowledge or examination of it. --Camden.
  3. \Poke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Poking}.] [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.]
    1. To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed;
       hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire.
             He poked John, and said ``Sleepest thou ?''
    2. To thrust with the horns; to gore.
    3. [From 5th {Poke}, 3.] To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox.
       [Colloq. U. S.]
    {To poke fun}, to excite fun; to joke; to jest. [Colloq.]
    {To poke fun at}, to make a butt of; to ridicule. [Colloq.]
  4. \Poke\, v. i.
    To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as,
    to poke about.
          A man must have poked into Latin and Greek. --Prior.
  5. \Poke\, n.
    1. The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the
       ribs. --Ld. Lytton.
    2. A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting
       person. [Slang, U.S.] --Bartlett.
    3. A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or
       breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole
       inserted, pointed forward. [U.S.]
    {Poke bonnet}, a bonnet with a straight, projecting front.
Computing Dictionary

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