poke
Pronunciation Verb

poke (pokes, present participle poking; past and past participle poked)

  1. To prod or jab with an object such as a finger or a stick. [from later 14th c.]
  2. To stir up a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
  3. (figuratively) To rummage; to feel or grope around. [from early 19th c.]
    I poked about in the rubble, trying to find my lost keys.''
  4. (transitive, computing) To modify the value stored in (a memory address).
  5. (transitive) To put a poke device to prevent leaping or breaking fences on (an animal).
    to poke an ox
  6. (transitive) To thrust at with the horns; to gore.
  7. (transitive, informal, internet) To notify (another user) of activity on social media or an instant messenger.
  8. (transitive) To thrust (something) in a particular direction such as the tongue.
  9. (transitive, slang, vulgar) To penetrate in sexual intercourse.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

poke (plural pokes)

  1. A prod, jab, or thrust.
  2. (US, slang) A lazy person; a dawdler.
  3. (US, slang) A stupid or uninteresting person.
  4. (US) A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
  5. (computing) The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.
  6. (informal, Internet) A notification sent to get another user's attention on social media or an instant messenger.
  7. A poke bonnet.
Noun

poke (plural pokes)

  1. (now, regional) A sack or bag. [from early 13th c.]
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, act 2 ↗, scene 7:
      And then he drew a dial from his poke,
      And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
      Says very wisely, ‘It is ten o'clock…’
    • 1605, William Camden, Remaines Concerning Brittaine, 1629 edition ↗, Proverbes, page 276:
      When the Pig is proffered, hold vp the poke.
    • 1627, Michael Drayton, Minor Poems of Michael Drayton, 1907 edition ↗, poem Nimphidia:
      And suddainly vntyes the Poke,
      Which out of it sent such a smoke,
      As ready was them all to choke,
      So greeuous was the pother […]
    • 1814, September 4, The Examiner, volume 13 ↗, number 349, article French Fashions, page 573:
      … and as to shape, a nightmare has as much. Under the poke and the muff-box, the face sometimes entirely disappears …
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, page 91:
      In the summertime they'd reach out and snatch your straw hat right off your head, and if you were fool enough to go after it your poke was bound to be lighter when you came out.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, page 138:
      She did not eat blood-oranges. Her maw gived her one in a poke and she was going to throw it in the bin, Oh it is all black.
  2. A long, wide sleeve.
    Synonyms: poke sleeve
  3. (Scotland, Northern Ireland) An ice cream cone.
Translations Noun

poke (plural pokes)

  1. (dialectal) pokeweed
Synonyms Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈpoʊ.keɪ/
Noun

poke (uncountable)

  1. (Hawaii) Slices or cubes of raw fish or other raw seafood, mixed with sesame oil, seaweed, sea salt, herbs, spices, or other flavorful ingredients.



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