Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To push; kick. Halliwell. [North. Eng.] To plait. See poke, 6.
  • To creep about listlessly or moodily; poke.

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

  • verb obsolete To push, thrust.
  • verb To poke (with a stick etc.).

Etymologies

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From Middle English poten, from Old English potian ("to push, thrust, strike, butt, goad"), from Proto-Germanic *putōnan (“to stab, push, poke”). Cognate with Dutch poten ("to plant"), Norwegian pota ("to poke"). More at put.

Examples

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  • Thus potable doesn’t mean “able to be poted”. A clue to the discrepancy may be found at potate.

    I wanted to work in a joke using the word [potatable, but I just don’t have time.]

    September 4, 2011