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  • The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank
    The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v poke poke or thrust abruptly "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
    • v poke make a hole by poking
    • v poke hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument "the salesman pounded the door knocker","a bible-thumping Southern Baptist"
    • v poke stir by poking "poke the embers in the fireplace"
    • v poke search or inquire in a meddlesome way "This guy is always nosing around the office"
    • n poke (boxing) a blow with the fist "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    • n poke a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow) "he warned me with a jab with his finger","he made a thrusting motion with his fist"
    • n poke a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
    • n poke someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
    • n poke 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.
    • Poke A bag; a sack; a pocket. "He drew a dial from his poke .""They wallowed as pigs in a poke ."
    • Poke A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
    • n Poke (Bot) A large North American herb of the genus Phytolacca Phytolacca decandra), bearing dark purple juicy berries; -- called also garget pigeon berry pocan, and pokeweed. The root and berries have emetic and purgative properties, and are used in medicine. The young shoots are sometimes eaten as a substitute for asparagus, and the berries are said to be used in Europe to color wine.
    • Poke A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person.
    • Poke A long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve.
    • Poke The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs.
    • Poke To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox.
    • v. i Poke To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about. "A man must have poked into Latin and Greek."
    • Poke To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire. "He poked John, and said “Sleepest thou ?”"
    • Poke To thrust with the horns; to gore.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • poke To thrust or push against; prod, especially with something long or pointed; prod and stir up: as, to poke a person in the ribs.
    • poke To push gently; jog.
    • poke To thrust or push.
    • poke To force as if by thrusting; urge; incite.
    • poke To put a poke on: as, to poke an ox or a pig. See poke, n., 3. [U. S.] To set the plaits of (a ruff).
    • poke To stoop or bend forward in walking.
    • poke To grope; search; feel or push one's way in or as in the dark; also, to move to and fro; dawdle.
    • n poke A gentle thrust or push, especially with something long or pointed; a prod; a dig.
    • n poke A poke-bonnet.
    • n poke A sort of collar or ox-bow from the lower part of which a short pole projects, placed about the neck of a cow or steer in order to prevent it from jumping fences.
    • n poke A lazy person; a dawdler.
    • n poke A pocket; a pouch; a bag; a sack.
    • n poke A large, wide, bag-like sleeve formerly in vogue. Same as poke-sleeve.
    • n poke A bag or bladder filled with air and used by fishermen as a buoy.
    • n poke The stomach or swimming-bladder of a fish.
    • n poke A cock, as of hay.
    • n poke A customary unit of weight for wool, 20 hundredweight.
    • n poke Same as pokeweed or garget.
    • n poke The small green heron more fully called shitepoke.
    • n poke Scrofula.
    • poke In cricket, to bat in a cramped, over-cautious style.
    • n poke In cricket: A cramped, timid batting stroke.
    • n poke A batsman who plays in a cramped, over-cautious style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Poke pōk a bag: a pouch
    • v.t Poke pōk to thrust or push against with something pointed: to search for with a long instrument: to thrust at with the horns
    • v.i Poke to grope or feel, as in the dark
    • n Poke act of pushing or thrusting: a thrust: a bonnet having a projecting front worn earlier in the century—also Poke′-bonn′et
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  • Woody Allen
    “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Smile, it's better than a poke in the eye.”


Pig in a poke - If someone buys a pig in a poke, they buy something without checking the condition it was in, usually finding out later that it was defective.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. poca, poha, pohha,; akin to Icel. poki, OD. poke, and perh. to E. pock,; cf. also Gael. poca, and OF. poque,. Cf. Pock Pocket Pouch


In literature:

No more games with the boys, no more poking the girls under the chin!
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Some ate poke greens without no grease and took down and died.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Cautiously he poked his head out of the snug bedroom.
"The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk" by Thornton W. Burgess
If it's a family affair, you don't catch me poking my nose into it!
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
The boys were once more beginning to roll about on the grass, poking and pulling at each other in a manner which foretold the beginning of war.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
What right had you to go poking yourself forward?
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
We don't want any men poking round, this journey!
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
We poked into all of them, but found nothing more terrifying than a few bats and owls.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
He was poking under the dead leaves for beechnuts, when he noticed the herd passing at a distance.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Still, by dint of poking and pulling, we made them keep up with the rest of the party.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ash cake was good wid poke salad and clabber or butter milk and best of all was sweet milk!
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
She reached out and poked Rak's bony chest with a finger tip.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Very carefully he poked his head outside the cave.
"Nero, the Circus Lion" by Richard Barnum
The keeper had poked up all the animals, and had commenced feeding them.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
She was very small, had a sort of nut-cracker face, a little black poke bonnet, and walked with a stick.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
From this state of bliss he was rudely awakened by a roughish poke in the back.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
You bery sure I was, an' I poke some holes in de varmints 'fore dey hoed away.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
I would like to be after giving them a poke.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
He pokes her head between the bars, And melts off half her nose!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Early, and he leaned forward nervously to poke the fire that needed no poking.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter

In poetry:

(Mo . . . . . . poke!)
Who was that that spoke?
This is not a fitting spot
To make a silly joke.
"Hist!" by C J Dennis
He mightn't freeze to the seraphs,
Or chum with the cherubim,
But if ever them seraph johnnies
Get a-poking it like at him —
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
He pokes his head upon my lap,
Nor heeds the whip above him;
Because he knows, the dear old chap,
His human friends all love him.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
The old men of the world have made a fire
To warm their trembling hands.
They poke the young men in.
The young men burn like withes.
"The Fire" by Lola Ridge
Till, bruised and bitten to the bone
And taught by pain and fear,
He learned to deal the far-off stone,
And poke the long, safe spear.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
If I seek a lovelier part,
Where I travel goes my heart;
Where I stray my thought must go;
With me wanders my desire.
Best to sit and watch the snow,
Turn the lock, and poke the fire.
"Hearthside" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

It's fun to poke him a little bit and say "Hey, let's see your grades and your birth certificate".
Poking Fun at the Mayor, El Leadero in el Stormo.
Sometimes, you've got to be willing to poke fun at yourself.
But we can at least poke some holes in our silos, holes big enough to be a portal in and out.
Local beauty queen wannabes compete in a series of raunchy contests designed to poke fun of traditional pageants.
Big-time satirist Stephen Colbert has poked fun at it.
You scold the Morgan County Commissioners for poking into areas where other elected officials hold sway, and you use the recent resignation of the dog warden as a case in point.
Which Facebook Insider Is Poking This $50 M. Next in Observer.
Companies say they make the XL size, but I never see them stocked in stores, so I end up buying the 9-12 size, and after a while the big toe pokes through.
Poking fun at the State of the Union, Hollywood Bowl schedule out and Popeye meets Wilco.
These meatballs are stuffed with plenty of rice, which, as it cooks, pokes out of the meatballs, making them look like prickly little porcupines .
How to harvest fruit without getting poked.
" The president started poking fun at his rival for wanting to eliminate funding for Big Bird and of "Sesame Street" and PBS, but dro...
'Poked' And 'Tummy' Become 'Poker' And ' Rummy '.
Although the network is trailing behind Fox and CBS in the ratings, ABC seemed at least able to poke fun at themselves with their song and dance for advertisers and the media.

In science:

It is poking and prying with a purpose.” But there are many possible purposes, and even more different ways of poking and prying.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
If you type “fits supersymmetry like a glove” in Google, you find an article published in the science section of the New York Times on Feb. 9, 2001, which is entitled Tiniest of Particles Pokes Big Hole in Physics Theory.
Moriond QCD 2002: Theoretical Summary
The exoplanet most poked and prodded during the year was HD 209458b.
Astrophysics in 2006
Very large insects can impact the mercury surface with enough energy to poke holes in the liquid.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
At the same time, philosophers poked fun at the mathematicians for the peculiar logic used in reasoning about infinitesimals (sometimes they were treated as zero; sometimes not).
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists