Poke - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |poʊk|  American pronunciation of the word poke
Brit.  |pəʊk|  British pronunciation of the word 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 (syn: garget)
- someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind (syn: dawdler, drone, laggard, trailer)
- a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases (syn: sack)
- a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow) (syn: jab, thrust, thrusting)
- (boxing) a blow with the fist (syn: biff, clout, lick, punch, slug)
- poke or thrust abruptly (syn: dig, jab, prod, stab)
- search or inquire in a meddlesome way (syn: horn in, intrude, nose, pry)
- stir by poking
- hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument (syn: pound, thump)
- make a hole by poking


I accidentally poked my finger right through the old fabric.

Throwing pencils is not allowed because someone's eye could get poked out.

He poked at the meat with his fork, but it seemed undercooked.

The room is cold, poke the fire up a little.

The tops of his shoes had worn so thin that his toes were poking through.

He poked himself up in a dull town.

I poked him on the nose.

Andy poked the fish with his finger to see if it was still alive.

Be careful with that umbrella or you'll poke someone in the eye.

He was poking at the dust with a stick, making little patterns.

He poked a hand into one of his pockets.

One of the nurses poked her head around the door.

Ella looked at the tiny face poking out of the blanket.

Weeds had started poking through the cracks in the patio.

Bennett took a poke at the President's refusal to sign the bill.

Phrasal verbs

poke into  — enter briefly

Word forms

I/you/we/they: poke
he/she/it: pokes
present participle: poking
past tense: poked
past participle: poked
singular: poke
plural: pokes
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