Poke (?), n. Bot.

A large North American herb of the genus Phytolacca (P. 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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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.]


A bag; a sack; a pocket.

"He drew a dial from his poke."


They wallowed as pigs in a poke. Chaucer.


A long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve


To buy a pig a poke (that is, in a bag), to buy a thing without knowledge or examination of it.



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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.]


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 ?" Chaucer.


To thrust with the horns; to gore.

3. [From 5th Poke, 3.]

To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox.

[Colloq. U. S.]

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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Poke, v. i.

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. Prior.


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Poke, n.


The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs.

Ld. Lytton.


A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person.

[Slang, U.S.]



A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.


Poke bonnet, a bonnet with a straight, projecting front.


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