verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
- provost court,
- provost guard
Origin of provoke
Examples from the Web for provoker
She breaks into an affectionate laugh, and kisses its provoker, who protests.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
Nay, now I have caught you; there was neither inviter, nor provoker, for I was all alone.
Not only was he a great preacher, he was a leader, an inspirer, and a provoker of good.A Backward Glance at Eighty|Charles A. Murdock
It may too, by negligence, become a provoker of dissension and enmity.The Young Maiden|A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Word Origin for provoke
late 14c., from Old French provoker, provochier (12c., Modern French provoquer) and directly from Latin provocare "call forth, challenge," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). Related: Provoked; provoking.