from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease such as chickenpox or smallpox, characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.
- n. Syphilis.
- n. Archaic Misfortune and calamity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pockmarks.
- n. Syphilis.
- v. To infect with the pox, or syphilis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Strictly, a disease by pustules or eruptions of any kind, but chiefly or wholly restricted to three or four diseases, -- the smallpox, the chicken pox, and the vaccine and the venereal diseases.
- transitive v. To infect with the pox, or syphilis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease characterized by eruptive pocks or pustules upon the body.
- To communicate the pox or venereal disease to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
- n. a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
Alteration of pocks, from Middle English, pl. of pocke, pokke; see pock.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pokkes, plural of the ancestor of pock (which see). (Wiktionary)