from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To push or jab at, as with a finger or an arm; prod.
- transitive v. To make (a hole or pathway, for example) by or as if by prodding, elbowing, or jabbing: I poked my way to the front of the crowd.
- transitive v. To push; thrust: A seal poked its head out of the water.
- transitive v. To stir (a fire) by prodding the wood or coal with a poker or stick.
- transitive v. Slang To strike; punch.
- intransitive v. To make thrusts or jabs, as with a stick or poker.
- intransitive v. To pry or meddle; intrude: poking into another's business.
- intransitive v. To search or look curiously in a desultory manner: poked about in the desk.
- intransitive v. To proceed in a slow or lazy manner; putter: just poked along all morning.
- intransitive v. To thrust forward; appear: The child's head poked from under the blankets.
- n. A push, thrust, or jab.
- n. Slang A punch or blow with the fist: a poke in the jaw.
- n. One who moves slowly or aimlessly; a dawdler.
- idiom poke fun at To ridicule in a mischievous manner; tease.
- n. A projecting brim at the front of a bonnet.
- n. A large bonnet having a projecting brim.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A sack; a bag.
- n. Pokeweed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To poke a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
- v. To modify the value stored in (a memory address).
- n. A lazy person; a dawdler.
- n. A stupid or uninteresting person.
- n. A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
- n. The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.
- n. An ice cream cone.
- n. Pokeweed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A bag; a sack; a pocket.
- n. A long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve.
- transitive v. To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite.
- transitive v. To thrust with the horns; to gore.
- transitive v. To put a poke on.
- intransitive v. To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope.
- n. The act of poking; a thrust; a jog.
- n. A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person.
- n. A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust or push against; prod, especially with something long or pointed; prod and stir up: as, to poke a person in the ribs.
- To push gently; jog.
- To thrust or push.
- To force as if by thrusting; urge; incite.
- To put a poke on: as, to poke an ox or a pig. See poke, n., 3. [U. S.] To set the plaits of (a ruff).
- To stoop or bend forward in walking.
- To grope; search; feel or push one's way in or as in the dark; also, to move to and fro; dawdle.
- n. A gentle thrust or push, especially with something long or pointed; a prod; a dig.
- n. A poke-bonnet.
- n. A sort of collar or ox-bow from the lower part of which a short pole projects, placed about the neck of a cow or steer in order to prevent it from jumping fences.
- n. A lazy person; a dawdler.
- n. A pocket; a pouch; a bag; a sack.
- n. A large, wide, bag-like sleeve formerly in vogue. Same as poke-sleeve.
- n. A bag or bladder filled with air and used by fishermen as a buoy.
- n. The stomach or swimming-bladder of a fish.
- n. A cock, as of hay.
- n. A customary unit of weight for wool, 20 hundredweight.
- n. Same as pokeweed or garget.
- n. The small green heron more fully called shitepoke.
- n. Scrofula.
- In cricket, to bat in a cramped, over-cautious style.
- n. In cricket: A cramped, timid batting stroke.
- n. A batsman who plays in a cramped, over-cautious style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
- n. a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
- v. poke or thrust abruptly
- v. hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
- v. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
- 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
- v. make a hole by poking
- n. (boxing) a blow with the fist
- v. stir by poking
- n. a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
Middle English poken, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.
Middle English, probably from Old North French; see pocket.
Short for dialectal pocan, of Virginia Algonquian origin; akin to puccoon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Middle Dutch poken OR German poken (both from Proto-Germanic *puk), perhaps imitative. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman poke, whence pocket (Wiktionary)
From pokeweed, by shortening (Wiktionary)