- 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 pock
Historical Examples of pock
Better the mother wi' the pock, than the faither wi' the sack.
He that puts the cat in the pock kens best how to tak her out.
Ye're like the miller's dog—ye lick your lips ere the pock be opened.
I have an old crow to pluck with him, and a pock to put the feathers in.'Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
And has there been a rising on the Border side against the English pock puddings?A Modern Telemachus
Charlotte M. Yonge
- any pustule resulting from an eruptive disease, esp from smallpox
- another word for pockmark (def. 1)
Word Origin for pock
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.