poke

1
[ pohk ]
/ poʊk /

verb (used with object), poked, pok·ing.

verb (used without object), poked, pok·ing.

noun

a thrust or push.
Informal. a slow or dawdling person; slowpoke.

Nearby words

  1. poitou,
  2. poitou-charentes,
  3. poitrine,
  4. poitín,
  5. pokal,
  6. poke around,
  7. poke check,
  8. poke fun at,
  9. poke one's nose into,
  10. pokeberry

Idioms

    poke fun at, to ridicule or mock, especially covertly or slyly: In her novel, she pokes fun at her ex-husband.
    poke one's nose into, Informal. to meddle in; pry into: We felt as if half the people in town were poking their noses into our lives.

Origin of poke

1
1300–50; Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German poken to thrust. See poach1

Related formspok·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for poke around

poke

1
/ (pəʊk) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for poke

C14: from Low German and Middle Dutch poken to thrust, prod, strike

poke

2
/ (pəʊk) /

noun

dialect a pocket or bag
a pig in a poke See pig (def. 9)

Word Origin for poke

C13: from Old Northern French poque, of Germanic origin; related to Old English pocca bag, Old Norse poki pouch, Middle Dutch poke bag; compare poach ²

poke

3
/ (pəʊk) /

noun

Also called: poke bonnet a woman's bonnet with a brim that projects at the front, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
the brim itself

Word Origin for poke

C18: from poke 1 (in the sense: to thrust out, project)

poke

4
/ (pəʊk) /

noun

short for pokeweed
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Word Origin and History for poke around
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Idioms and Phrases with poke around

poke around

Also, poke about. Look through things; also, make an investigation. For example, I was poking around the attic when I found these old photos, or The detective was poking about, tracking where she went on that fatal day. [Early 1800s] Also see nose about; poke one's nose into.

poke

In addition to the idioms beginning with poke

  • poke around
  • poke fun at
  • poke one's nose into

also see:

  • make fun of (poke fun at)
  • pig in a poke
  • take a poke at
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