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Definitions of poke

poke1  (pəʊk

Definitions

verb

  1. (transitive) to jab or prod, as with the elbow, the finger, a stick, etc
  2. (transitive) to make (a hole, opening, etc) by or as by poking
  3. when intr, often foll by at to thrust (at)
  4. (transitive) (informal) to hit with the fist; punch
  5. usually foll by in, out, out of, through, etc to protrude or cause to protrude   ⇒ don't poke your arm out of the window
  6. (transitive) to stir (a fire, pot, etc) by poking
  7. (intransitive) to meddle or intrude
  8. (intransitive; often followed by about or around) to search or pry
  9. (intransitive) often foll by along to loiter, potter, dawdle, etc
  10. (transitive) (slang) (of a man) to have sexual intercourse with
  11. See poke fun at

  12. See poke one's nose into

noun

  1. a jab or prod
  2. short for slowpoke
  3. (informal) a blow with one's fist; punch
  4. (slang) sexual intercourse

Word Origin

C14: from Low German and Middle Dutch poken to thrust, prod, strike

poke2  (pəʊk

Definitions

noun

  1. (dialect) a pocket or bag
  2. See a pig in a poke

Word Origin

C13: from Old Northern French poque, of Germanic origin; related to Old English pocca bag, Old Norse poki pouch, Middle Dutch poke bag; compare poach2

poke3  (pəʊk

Definitions

noun

  1. Also called: poke bonnet a woman's bonnet with a brim that projects at the front, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
  2. the brim itself

Word Origin

C18: from poke1 (in the sense: to thrust out, project)

poke4  (pəʊk

Definitions

noun

  1. short for pokeweed

Translations for 'poke'

  • British English: poke If you poke someone or something, you quickly push them with your finger or with a sharp object.She poked him in the ribs.pəʊk VERB
  • Arabic: يَلْكُمُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cutucar
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: bockati
  • Czech: šťouchnout šťouchat
  • Danish: støde
  • Dutch: porren
  • European Spanish: clavar
  • Finnish: tökätä
  • French: donner un coup à
  • German: stupsen
  • Greek: μπήγω
  • Italian: colpire
  • Japanese: つつく
  • Korean: 찌르다
  • Norwegian: skubbe
  • Polish: szturchnąć
  • Portuguese: espetar
  • Romanian: a înghionti
  • Russian: тыкать
  • Spanish: clavar
  • Swedish: stöta
  • Thai: แหย่ด้วยข้อศอกหรือนิ้ว
  • Turkish: dürtmek
  • Ukrainian: ткнути
  • Vietnamese: chọc

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