Definitions

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

  • n. One that pokes, especially a metal rod used to stir a fire.
  • n. Any of various card games played by two or more players who bet on the value of their hands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who pokes.
  • n. All the four cards of the same rank.
  • n. Any imagined frightful object, especially one supposed to haunt the darkness; a bugbear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pokes.
  • n. That which pokes or is used in poking, especially a metal bar or rod used in stirring a fire of coals.
  • n. A poking-stick.
  • n. The poachard.
  • n. A game at cards derived from brag, and first played about 1835 in the Southwestern United States.
  • n. Any imagined frightful object, especially one supposed to haunt the darkness; a bugbear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which pokes.
  • n. An iron or steel bar or rod used in poking or stirring a fire.
  • n. A small stick or iron used for setting the plaits of ruffs; a poking-stick.
  • n. An iron instrument used for driving hoops on masts. It has a flat foot at one end and a round knob at the other.
  • n. Any frightful object; a bugbear.
  • n. A game of cards played by two or more persons with a full pack of fifty-two cards, which rank as in whist.
  • n. One of various kinds of wild ducks, especially the pochard.
  • n. In cotton manufacturing, a vertical rod or rack which sustains and gives motion to the bobbin or ring-rail of a roving or ring-spinning machine; also, a rod with similar functions in other machines: sometimes called a lifting-poker.

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

  • n. any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
  • n. fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
to poke + -er. (Wiktionary)
American English, perhaps from first element of German Pochspiel, from German pochen, perhaps from French poque (Wiktionary)
Compare Danish pokker ("the deuce, devil"), and English puck. (Wiktionary)

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