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POKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does poke mean? 

POKE (noun)
  The noun POKE has 5 senses:

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
2. someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
3. a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
4. a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
5. (boxing) a blow with the fist

  Familiarity information: POKE used as a noun is common.


POKE (verb)
  The verb POKE has 5 senses:

1. poke or thrust abruptly
2. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
3. stir by poking
4. hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
5. make a hole by poking

  Familiarity information: POKE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


POKE (noun)


Sense 1poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

scoke; poke; pigeon berry; Phytolacca americana; garget

Hypernyms ("poke" is a kind of...):

pokeweed (perennial of the genus Phytolacca)


Sense 2poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

trailer; lagger; laggard; dawdler; poke; drone

Hypernyms ("poke" is a kind of...):

bum; do-nothing; idler; layabout; loafer (person who does no work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "poke"):

lingerer; loiterer (someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place)

plodder; slowcoach; slowpoke; stick-in-the-mud (someone who moves slowly)

potterer; putterer (a person who putters about)

straggler; strayer (someone who strays or falls behind)


Sense 3poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

sack; paper bag; carrier bag; poke

Hypernyms ("poke" is a kind of...):

bag (a flexible container with a single opening)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "poke"):

shopping bag (a paper bag made of strong paper (often with handles); carries goods while shopping)

grocery bag (a sack for holding customer's groceries)

doggie bag; doggy bag (a bag for food that a customer did not eat at a restaurant; the transparent pretense is that the food is taken home to feed the customer's dog)


Sense 4poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

thrusting; poking; jabbing; jab; poke; thrust

Context examples:

he warned me with a jab with his finger / he made a thrusting motion with his fist

Hypernyms ("poke" is a kind of...):

gesture (motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling)


Sense 5poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(boxing) a blow with the fist

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

biff; punch; lick; clout; poke

Context example:

I gave him a clout on his nose

Hypernyms ("poke" is a kind of...):

blow (a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon)

Domain category:

boxing; fisticuffs; pugilism (fighting with the fists)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "poke"):

counter; counterpunch; parry (a return punch (especially by a boxer))

haymaker; knockout punch; KO punch; Sunday punch (a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing)

hook (a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent)

jab (a quick short straight punch)

rabbit punch (a short chopping blow to the back of the neck)

sucker punch (an unexpected punch)


POKE (verb)


Sense 1poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Poke or thrust abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

jab; poke; stab; prod; dig

Context example:

he jabbed his finger into her ribs

Hypernyms (to "poke" is one way to...):

thrust (push forcefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Search or inquire in a meddlesome way

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

horn in; nose; poke; intrude; pry

Context example:

This guy is always nosing around the office

Hypernyms (to "poke" is one way to...):

look; search (search or seek)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stir by poking

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

poke the embers in the fireplace

Hypernyms (to "poke" is one way to...):

agitate; commove; disturb; raise up; shake up; stir up; vex (change the arrangement or position of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pound; thump; poke

Context examples:

the salesman pounded the door knocker / a bible-thumping Southern Baptist

Hypernyms (to "poke" is one way to...):

hit (deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5poke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a hole by poking

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "poke" is one way to...):

pierce (make a hole into)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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