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poke1 (pəʊk Pronunciation for poke1

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 Pronunciation for poke2

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 pokipouch, Middle Dutch poke bag; compare poach²

poke3 (pəʊk Pronunciation for poke3

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 Pronunciation for poke4

Definitions

noun

  1. short for pokeweed

Translations for 'poke'

  • British English: pokePronunciation for 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: يَلْكُمُPronunciation for يَلْكُمُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cutucarPronunciation for cutucar
  • Chinese: Pronunciation for 戳
  • Croatian: bockatiPronunciation for bockati
  • Czech: šťouchnoutPronunciation for šťouchnout šťouchat
  • Danish: stødePronunciation for støde
  • Dutch: porrenPronunciation for porren
  • European Spanish: clavarPronunciation for clavar
  • Finnish: tökätäPronunciation for tökätä
  • French: donner un coup àPronunciation for donner un coup à
  • German: stupsenPronunciation for stupsen
  • Greek: μπήγωPronunciation for μπήγω
  • Italian: colpirePronunciation for colpire
  • Japanese: つつくPronunciation for つつく
  • Korean: 찌르다Pronunciation for 찌르다
  • Norwegian: skubbePronunciation for skubbe
  • Polish: szturchnąćPronunciation for szturchnąć
  • Portuguese: espetarPronunciation for espetar
  • Romanian: a înghionti
  • Russian: тыкатьPronunciation for тыкать
  • Spanish: clavarPronunciation for clavar
  • Swedish: stötaPronunciation for stöta
  • Thai: แหย่ด้วยข้อศอกหรือนิ้วPronunciation for แหย่ด้วยข้อศอกหรือนิ้ว
  • Turkish: dürtmekPronunciation for dürtmek
  • Ukrainian: ткнути
  • Vietnamese: chọcPronunciation for chọc

Example Sentences Including 'poke'

Branches of Edmonton's family tree poke deeply into the album.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Deon Burton sent Seth Johnson free down the left and he crossed for Burley to poke home from close range.
Sun, News of the World (2001)
I started to poke about in what I hoped was a reasonable approximation of what my friend Dennis had taught me.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
If you could poke around Cragside you could equally well poke around lesser houses.
Malcolm, John Gothic Pursuit
She wondered if they'd want to poke around in her house, too.
Wright, L R Sleep While I Sing
So Harris ' website has all sorts of advice about how you can poke New Labour without killing it.
Spiked (2005)
The Pacific Sky and Pacific Sun are just the right size to offer facilities and to poke into remote island anchorages.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Trust him to poke at the running sore of the bloody City Fathers who had rubbed salt into the wounds of my bankruptcy.
Will Davenport THE PAINTER (2003)
What we don't want is the Government to poke its nose in too deep.
Sun, News of the World (2001)

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