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

before 1000; Middle English pokke, Old English poc; cognate with German Pocke; perhaps akin to Old English pocca. See poke2
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Related Words for pock

scar, pockmark, spot, mark, blemish, hole, pustule

Examples from the Web for pock

Historical Examples of pock

  • Better the mother wi' the pock, than the faither wi' the sack.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • He that puts the cat in the pock kens best how to tak her out.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • Ye're like the miller's dog—ye lick your lips ere the pock be opened.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pock



any pustule resulting from an eruptive disease, esp from smallpox
another word for pockmark (def. 1)
Derived Formspocky, adjective

Word Origin for pock

Old English pocc; related to Middle Dutch pocke, perhaps to Latin bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History 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.

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pock in Medicine




The characteristic pustular cutaneous lesion of smallpox.
A pockmark.
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