Definitions

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

  • n. A mischievous spirit in Irish folklore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fairy that appears in animal form, often large. It appears only to some people.
  • n. A convenient storage location or hiding spot created by the arrangement or form of surrounding objects
  • v. The act of storing an object in a pooka

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Irish tradition, a spirit or spook in the form of a horse.

Etymologies

Irish púca, from Old Irish, probably from Old English pūca, goblin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Irish púca ("goblin, sprite"). (Wiktionary)
From Hawaiian puka ("hole"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I do know that the story involves the legendary Phinn McCool, some American cowboys, a pooka a species of human Irish devils endowed with magical powers named Fergus MacPhellimey and a cellar full of leprechauns.

    Flann O'Brien: Tall Tales, Long Drink

  • A lot of the time it's leanan sidhe, although once in a while you might hear something about a pooka.

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  • I don't understand what you're doing here with this pooka nonsense.

    Automatic Typewriter

  • A winding narrative told the tale of a pooka who had spent an eternity of watching writers twist and burn under the weight of their own words.

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  • Then he picked up an acoustic guitar for “Lovelier Than Thou,” a pooka-shell-ready beach ballad.

    In concert: B.o.B. at Merriweather Post Pavilion

  • It would make less sense though for one of the most powerful folks in the Marvel-verse to wear a pooka shell necklace and really long shorts.

    I've Lost my Faith in Superman

  • I am especially fond of the lyrics. . . pooka pooka pooka, pooka pooka poo.

    Obama's First 100 Days in Office & Kid's Songs.

  • Let me attempt to provide a synopsis: A black kid picks up one of those picture-viewer dealies and sees some orange dudes with frosted tips and pooka shells singing a song on the beach singing… to him? what the hell is going on?

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  • A pooka grazes peacefully where the river meets the sea

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  • And the pooka shells, wow, the whole outfit is almost 40 years old!

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  • "'Phat’s the Pooka? Well, that’s not aisy to say. It’s an avil sper’t that does be always in mischief, but sure it niver does sarious harrum axceptin’ to thim that desarves it, or thim that shpakes av it disrespictful. I never seen it, Glory be to God, but there’s thim that has, and be the same token, they do say that it looks like the finest black horse that iver wore shoes. But it isn’t a horse at all at all, for no horse ’ud have eyes av fire, or be breathin’ flames av blue wid a shmell o’ sulfur, savin’ yer presince, or a shnort like thunder, and no mortial horse ’ud take the lapes it does, or go as fur widout gettin’ tired."
    - D. R. McAnally, Jr., 'Irish Wonders', 1938.

    July 15, 2012

  • Palooka need to add pooka!

    September 24, 2007

  • "P O O K A - Pooka - from old Celtic mythology - a fairy spirit in animal form - always very large. The pooka appears here and there - now and then - to this one and that one - a benign but mischievous creature - very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?"

    September 23, 2007

  • Harvey

    February 14, 2007