1. The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs.
2. A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person. [Slang, U.S.]
3. A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward. [U.S.]
Poke bonnet, a bonnet with a straight, projecting front.
Poke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poked p. pr. & vb. n. Poking.]
1. To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire.
He poked John, and said =\“Sleepest thou ?”\= --Chaucer.
2. To thrust with the horns; to gore.
3. To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox. [Colloq. U. S.]
To poke fun, to excite fun; to joke; to jest. [Colloq.]
To poke fun at, to make a butt of; to ridicule. [Colloq.]
Poke, v. i. To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about.
A man must have poked into Latin and Greek. --Prior.
Poke n. Bot. A large North American herb of the genus Phytolacca (Phytolacca decandra), bearing dark purple juicy berries; -- called also garget, pigeon berry, pocan, and pokeweed. The root and berries have emetic and purgative properties, and are used in medicine. The young shoots are sometimes eaten as a substitute for asparagus, and the berries are said to be used in Europe to color wine.
1. A bag; a sack; a pocket. “He drew a dial from his poke.”
They wallowed as pigs in a poke. --Chaucer.
2. A long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve.
To boy a pig a poke (that is, in a bag), to buy a thing without knowledge or examination of it.
n 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,
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]
v 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