- 1[transitive] to quickly push your fingers or another object into somebody/something synonym prod poke somebody/something with something She poked him in the ribs with her elbow. poke something into something She poked her elbow into his ribs. poke somebody/something I'm sick of being poked and prodded by doctors. She got up and poked the fire (= to make it burn more strongly).
- 2[transitive] poke something + adv./prep. to push something somewhere or move it in a particular direction with a small quick movement He poked his head around the corner to check that nobody was coming. Someone had poked a message under the door. Don't poke her eye out with that stick!
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. if an object is poking out of, through, etc. something, you can see a part of it that is no longer covered by something else The end of the cable was left poking out of the wall. A bony elbow poked through a hole in his sweater. Clumps of grass poked up through the snow.
- 4[transitive] poke a hole in something (with something) to make a hole in something by pushing your finger or another object into it The kids poked holes in the ice with sticks.
- 5[transitive] poke somebody (taboo, slang) (of a man) to have sex with somebody Word Origin Middle English: origin uncertain; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German poken, of unknown ultimate origin. The noun dates from the late 18th cent.Extra examples He poked his head around the door. Helen got up and poked the fire. I’m sick of being poked and prodded by doctors. The man poked a finger at my shirt. Watch out! You’ll poke her eye out with that stick if you’re not careful!Idioms to say unkind things about somebody/something in order to make other people laugh at them synonym ridicule Her novels poke fun at the upper class. She’s always poking fun at herself. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits (informal) to try to become involved in something that does not concern you He’s always poking his nose into other people’s business. poke/stick your nose into somethinginterfere Phrasal Verbspoke aboutpoke at something
BrE BrE//pəʊk//; NAmE NAmE//poʊk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poke
BrE BrE//pəʊk//; NAmE NAmE//poʊk//he / she / it pokes
BrE BrE//pəʊks//; NAmE NAmE//poʊks//past simple poked
BrE BrE//pəʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//poʊkt//past participle poked
BrE BrE//pəʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//poʊkt//-ing form poking
BrE BrE//ˈpəʊkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊkɪŋ//