Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A pustule raised on the surface of the body in variolous and vaccine diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb mark with a scar
  • noun a pustule in an eruptive disease

Etymologies

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

[Middle English pokke, from Old English pocc.]

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From Old English pocc, from Proto-Germanic *puh- (“swell up, blow up”) (compare Dutch pok, Low German Pocke).

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