Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

hole card

Stud Poker. the card dealt face down in the first round of a deal.
something held in reserve until it can be used to advantage.
Origin of hole card
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hole card
Historical Examples
  • "All blue," I said, turning up my hole card with the other hand.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • Two players called the bet and he flipped over his hole card—it was a seven-spot and again he won.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Camillo Bill studied the cards, tilted his hole card and glanced at its corner, and raised Brent two thousand.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • At length the other turned down his cards in token of surrender, and with a laugh Brent turned his hole card face up.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He turned over his hole card which was a deuce, and again Brent laughed and flipped his hole card over.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He couldn't, at any time, actually read in the man's mind what his "hole card" was, he found.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
Slang definitions & phrases for hole card

hole card

noun phrase

A card dealt face down in stud poker (1908+ Poker)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for hole card

Word Value for hole

Scrabble Words With Friends