poke


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poke \Poke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poked; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Poking.] [Cf. LG. poken to prick, pierce, thrust, pok a
   dagger, knife, D. pook, G. pocken to beat, also Ir. poc a
   blow, Gael. puc to push.]
   1. To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed;
      hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire.
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            He poked John, and said "Sleepest thou ?" --Chaucer.
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   2. To thrust with the horns; to gore.
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   3. [From 5th Poke, 3.] To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox.
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   To poke fun, to excite fun; to joke; to jest. [Colloq.]

   To poke fun at, to make a butt of; to ridicule. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poke \Poke\, n. (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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poke \Poke\, n. [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.]
   1. A bag; a sack; a pocket. "He drew a dial from his poke."
      --Shak.
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            They wallowed as pigs in a poke.      --Chaucer.
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   2. A long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve.
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   To boy a pig a poke (that is, in a bag), to buy a thing
      without knowledge or examination of it. --Camden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poke \Poke\, v. i.
   To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as,
   to poke about.
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         A man must have poked into Latin and Greek. --Prior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poke \Poke\, n.
   1. The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the
      ribs. --Ld. Lytton.
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   2. A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting
      person. [Slang, U.S.] --Bartlett.
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   3. A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or
      breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole
      inserted, pointed forward. [U.S.]
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   Poke bonnet, a bonnet with a straight, projecting front.
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