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Meaning & Definition of Poke in English

English

Poke

/poʊk/

noun

1. Tall coarse perennial american herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes

  • Young fleshy stems are edible
  • Berries and root are poisonous
    synonym:
  • poke
  • ,
  • pigeon berry
  • ,
  • garget
  • ,
  • scoke
  • ,
  • Phytolacca americana

2. Someone who takes more time than necessary

  • Someone who lags behind
    synonym:
  • dawdler
  • ,
  • drone
  • ,
  • laggard
  • ,
  • lagger
  • ,
  • trailer
  • ,
  • poke

3. A bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases

    synonym:
  • sack
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • paper bag
  • ,
  • carrier bag

4. A sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

  • "He warned me with a jab with his finger"
  • "He made a thrusting motion with his fist"
    synonym:
  • jab
  • ,
  • jabbing
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • poking
  • ,
  • thrust
  • ,
  • thrusting

5. (boxing) a blow with the fist

  • "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    synonym:
  • punch
  • ,
  • clout
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • lick
  • ,
  • biff
  • ,
  • slug

verb

1. Poke or thrust abruptly

  • "He jabbed his finger into her ribs"
    synonym:
  • jab
  • ,
  • prod
  • ,
  • stab
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • dig

2. Search or inquire in a meddlesome way

  • "This guy is always nosing around the office"
    synonym:
  • intrude
  • ,
  • horn in
  • ,
  • pry
  • ,
  • nose
  • ,
  • poke

3. Stir by poking

  • "Poke the embers in the fireplace"
    synonym:
  • poke

4. Hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument

  • "The salesman pounded the door knocker"
  • "A bible-thumping southern baptist"
    synonym:
  • thump
  • ,
  • pound
  • ,
  • poke

5. Make a hole by poking

    synonym:
  • poke

Examples of using

I don't poke my nose into other people's business.
I bought a pig in a poke yesterday.