Meaning of POKE in English

I. ˈpōk noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old North French poke, poque, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English pocca, pohha bag, pocket, Middle Dutch poke bag, Middle High German pfoch pouch, purse, Old Norse poki pouch, Old English pocc pock — more at pock



(1) chiefly South & Midland : bag , sack

take the boys a poke of candy — H.D.Skidmore

(2) : a pouch or purse for carrying nuggets of gold or gold dust

threw their thick pokes of gold carelessly onto the counter — E.B.Lung

(3) slang : wallet

b. chiefly dialect : pocket

2. slang : an accumulated sum of money : wad

spent his poke — Chesley Wilson

struck it rich and kept his poke — Time



(1) : a swelling (as a goiter) on the neck

(2) : a swelling appearing on sheep and associated with liver fluke infestation

b. : a disease caused by liver fluke infestation

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English poken; akin to Middle Dutch poken to poke, stick, Middle Low German pōken to stick with a knife, and perhaps to Old Irish būalaim I strike

transitive verb

1. archaic : incite , rouse



(1) : to prod or jab with or as if with the end of one's finger or the end of a stick or with the end of some similar object

poked him in the ribs and grinned broadly

poked the burlap bag with a broom handle

(2) : to set into movement or push or urge along by means of prodding or jabbing

all he had ever done was poke a team or explore the trail or push cattle along — A.B.Guthrie

(3) : to stir up (as the coals of a fire) with or as if with a poker

staring into the fireplace and occasionally poking the glowing embers


(1) : pierce , stab

a straw man that had been poked through with a pitchfork

(2) : to produce by piercing, stabbing, or jabbing

poked a hole in the drum


(1) : to strike with the fist : hit , punch , sock

poked him in the nose

(2) : to deliver (a blow) with the fist

first poked a right to the chin and then a left to the body

threatened to poke him one



(1) : to move, thrust, or shove especially with a quick action or with sudden force

poked his head round the corner — Dorothy Sayers

(2) : to cause to be directed in a particular direction or toward a particular thing by or as if by thrusting or shoving

had poked the head of a boat into the mud — Frederick Way

poked his finger at his client — Willa Cather

b. : to cause to stick out : cause to project

kept poking her head in and out of the cab window — Louis Bromfield

c. : to thrust forward in such a way as to be intrusive : interpose or interject in a prying or otherwise meddlesome manner : push forward obtrusively

asked him not to poke his nose into other people's business

poking their great stupid faces into everything — Times Literary Supplement

4. : to confine in some stodgy poky place

didn't want to stay poked up in that town

intransitive verb


a. : to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly

walked up and down and poked among the rocks — John Masefield

b. : to strike out at something with or as if with the fist

kept poking at him but never hit him

cranks who poke at the schools — W.L.Miller


a. : to go investigating, looking about, or rummaging through something inquisitively without much order or system

went into the attic where they poked about among old boxes and trunks — Louis Bromfield

they went everywhere, they poked into everything — G.W.Johnson

if he cared to poke about in his unconscious — Clifton Fadiman

b. : to pry into something in an intrusive or otherwise meddlesome way

is notoriously hostile to people who go poking into his private affairs — Irving Howe


a. : to live in or stay about a stodgy place : live in or hang about a place pokily

doesn't want to poke around in that town any longer

b. : to move or act with marked slowness : move or act in a largely ineffective, desultory, or aimless way : putter , dawdle

watched the traffic poking along the road

just poked around at home and didn't accomplish much

talked for a while and then poked off



(1) : to become stuck out : undergo thrusting out : protrude

saw his head poking through the window

(2) : to become extended or thrust forward

saw to it that the railroad poked down closer to Texas — S.E.Fletcher

into the jumbled wilderness … poke the beginnings of a fabulous highway — R.L.Neuberger

b. : to come into sight or notice especially with real or apparent suddenness : be visible or noticeable by being extended above, beyond, or out of something

bell towers poke above the trees — Yale Review

- poke fun at

III. noun

( -s )


a. : a quick thrust : jab , dig

felt a poke in the ribs

b. : a blow with the fist : punch

gave him a poke on the nose



(1) : slowpoke

(2) : an annoyingly stupid individual : dumbbell

b. : cowboy 3a

3. : a poky place

wondered how people put up with living in a little poke like that — Mary Lavin

4. : a device designed to keep an animal (as a cow, horse) from breaking through or jumping over fences and consisting typically of a collar from which a rod or pole hangs down at an angle so as to extend ahead of the animal


a. : a projecting brim on the front of a woman's bonnet

b. : poke bonnet

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: modification of puccoon, pakon (in some Algonquian language of Virginia) any of various plants used for staining and dyeing, from pak blood

: pokeweed

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

: shitepoke

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.