poker

1
[ poh-ker ]
/ ˈpoʊ kər /

noun

a person or thing that pokes.
a metal rod for poking or stirring a fire.

Nearby words

  1. poke one's nose into,
  2. pokeberry,
  3. pokelogan,
  4. pokeloken,
  5. pokemon,
  6. poker dice,
  7. poker face,
  8. poker machine,
  9. poker spine,
  10. poker-faced

Origin of poker

1
First recorded in 1525–35; poke1 + -er1

poker

2
[ poh-ker ]
/ ˈpoʊ kər /

noun

a card game played by two or more persons, in which the players bet on the value of their hands, the winner taking the pool.

Origin of poker

2
1825–35, Americanism; perhaps orig. braggart, bluffer; compare Middle Low German poken to brag, play, Middle Dutch poken to bluff, brag

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British Dictionary definitions for poker

poker

1
/ (ˈpəʊkə) /

noun

a metal rod, usually with a handle, for stirring a fire
a person or thing that pokes

noun

a card game of bluff and skill in which bets are made on the hands dealt, the highest-ranking hand (containing the most valuable combinations of sequences and sets of cards) winning the pool

Word Origin for poker

C19: probably from French poque similar card game

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Word Origin and History for poker
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Idioms and Phrases with poker

poker

In addition to the idiom beginning with poker

  • poker face

also see:

  • stiff as a board (poker)
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