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Dictionary Definition

poke

Noun

1 tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous [syn: pigeon berry, garget, scoke, Phytolacca americana]
2 a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases [syn: sack, paper bag, carrier bag]
3 a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist" [syn: jab, jabbing, poking, thrust, thrusting]
4 (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose" [syn: punch, clout, lick, biff]

Verb

1 poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs" [syn: jab, prod, stab, dig]
2 search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office" [syn: pry, nose]
3 stir by poking; "poke the embers in the fireplace"
4 hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument; "the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist" [syn: thump, pound]
5 make a hole by poking

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A sack, bag.
    a pig in a poke
  2. Pokeweed.
  3. The action of poking.
    ''I gave him a poke to wake him up.

Translations

Verb

  1. To prod or jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick.
  2. To poke a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
  3. To rummage as in to poke about in.
  4. To move very slowly.
    The horse-drawn carriage just poked along.

Translations

to jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick
to poke a fire to remove ash or promote burning
to rummage

Maori

Adjective

poke

Extensive Definition

Poke
  • An action of tapping and/or softly jabbing another person to gain their attention with a finger.
Poke, Poké or POKE may refer to:
  • POKE, a BASIC programming language command
  • Poke (game), a card game
  • Poke (gesture), different definition for pricking someone with a pointed finger, most of the time used for teasing or showing a certain compassion
  • Poke (food), a dish from Hawaiian cuisine, cubed raw fish served as an appetizer
  • A character from the science fiction novel Ender's Shadow
  • A fossil word for sack, bag, purse, budget, etc., as in "a pig in a poke." Still used in the literal sense in some American dialects
  • Pokeweed or Poke root, several perennial plants in the Phytolacca genus
  • Poke, a feature on Facebook where a user can try to get another person to notice him or her.
  • Poke646, a single-player mod for the game Half-Life

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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