Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A dull or boring person.
  • n. Chiefly British Slang A donkey.
  • n. Australian Slang An old, broken-down horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A donkey.
  • n. A mesh of a net, or of anything resembling a net.
  • n. A black person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stupid person; a dolt.
  • n. A donkey.
  • n. A negro.
  • n. A performer, as a minstrel, who plays on several instruments.
  • n. A mesh of a net, or of anything resembling a net.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of muck.
  • A Middle English form of much.
  • n. The mesh of a net: hence applied to any wickerwork.
  • n. A donkey.
  • n.
  • n. A stupid fellow; a dolt.
  • n. Theat., a variety performer who plays on several instruments.
  • n. A negro.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. British informal for donkey

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Examples

  • Some presents were distributed amongst them, of which the most valuable, in their estimation, were empty wine-bottles, which they called moke, this word was however used by them for water also, so that it was doubtful whether the word meant the article itself or the vessel that contained it.

    Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Performed between the years 1818 and 1822 — Volume 1

  • Besides a warrant f'r a moke was the same as a letther iv inthroduction to th 'warden iv th' pinitinchry.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy

  • It was a ragged, unkempt pony, pitifully poor and very footsore, at first sight, an absolute "moke"; but a second glance showed colossal round ribs, square hips, and a great length of rein, the rest hidden beneath a wealth of loose hair.

    Three Elephant Power and Other Stories

  • [S] moke from urban firestorms in a regional war would rise into the upper troposphere due to pyroconvection ... and then might induce significant climactic anomalies on global scales.

    I'm an uncle! (first of many follow-ons)

  • Suddenly some moke to the right sat on his horn, and stayed on it for several seconds.

    Mary, Mary

  • ‘I believe she thinks more of that old moke than me and the children all put together,’ says Joe Moreton.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • Please don't let him hate me. moke swirled along the low ceiling of the Shawn Fan.

    Step into Chaos

  • Some girls ore married as children to moke sure they will be virgins.

    Chapter 17

  • He checked out a poor moke porter who wore a dazed, flat look, as if life had left hirm behind about thirty years ago.

    Cat & Mouse

  • No one had bothered to put the canvas over the Mini-moke, to shield it from the sun.

    Smokescreen

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  • Used to drive around London in a mini moke in the 60s.
    I think it's a mokeless zone now though.

    January 31, 2008

  • "For there they were all turned into mokes with ears a yard long, for meddling with matters which they do not understand, as Lucius did in the story. And like him, mokes they must remain, till, by laws of development, the thistles develop into roses. Till then, they must comfort themselves with the thought that the longer their ears are, the thicker their hides; and so a good beating don't hurt them."
    _from Water Babies - Charles Kingsley, 1937

    January 31, 2008