Definitions

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

  • n. A pustule caused by smallpox or a similar eruptive disease.
  • n. A mark or scar left in the skin by such a pustule; a pockmark.
  • transitive v. To mark with pocks; pit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pus filled swelling on the surface on the skin caused by an eruptive disease.
  • n. Any pit, especially one formed as a scar
  • v. To scar or mark with pits

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pustule raised on the surface of the body in variolous and vaccine diseases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pustule raised on the surface of the body in an eruptive disease, as the smallpox.
  • n. A pox; an eruptive disease, as smallpox.
  • n. A Scotch form of poke.

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

  • v. mark with a scar
  • n. a pustule in an eruptive disease

Etymologies

Middle English pokke, from Old English pocc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English pocc, from Proto-Germanic *puh- (“swell up, blow up”) (compare Dutch pok, Low German Pocke). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • He of the yellow handkerchief and pock-marked face came toward me threateningly, but I put my hand into my hip pocket, and he hesitated.

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  • Leading them came a big, muscular man, conspicuous for his pock - marked face and the yellow silk handkerchief swathed about his head.

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  • Would you like Almond under the Royal Icing, or straight Royal, assuming of course the base cake is sufficiently smooth and free of pock marks and its not wanted to be eaten, we can apply the Almost, its a much much smoother finish I find.

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