- a pustule on the body in an eruptive disease, as smallpox.
- a mark or spot left by or resembling such a pustule.
- a small indentation, pit, hole, or the like.
- Scot. poke2.
Origin of pock
Examples from the Web for pocks
The infection is most active during the formation and duration of the pocks.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
At last the mystery of the ages was solved: Who put the pocks in the face of the moon?Old Friends Are the Best
Buy linen, yarn, or anything; for these pocks are of absolute necessity—nothing can be done without them.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
Shee replied, saying, thou mayest thank God thou art leane; for they feare thou hast the pocks: otherwise they would eate thee.
As soon as the pocks appear, rubbing must be avoided till the scabs are entirely gone.
- any pustule resulting from an eruptive disease, esp from smallpox
- another word for pockmark (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for pocks
Old English pocc "pustule, blister, ulcer," from Proto-Germanic *puh(h)- "to swell up, blow up" (cf. Middle Dutch pocke, Dutch pok, East Frisian pok, Low German poche, dialectal German Pfoche), from PIE root *beu- "to swell, to blow" (see bull (n.2)). Middle French pocque is from Germanic. The plural form, Middle English pokkes, is the source of pox, which since early 14c. has been used in the sense "disease characterized by pocks."
"to disfigure with pits or pocks," 1841. Related: Pocked; pocking.
- The characteristic pustular cutaneous lesion of smallpox.
- A pockmark.