Definition of poke noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊk//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] the action of quickly pushing your fingers or another object into somebody/something to give the fire a poke He gave me a poke in the ribs to wake me up. When I mentioned the money I got a poke in the back. Carrie gave him a poke in the side.
  2. 2[uncountable] (British English) power in a car I prefer something with a bit more poke.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: origin uncertain; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German poken, of unknown ultimate origin. The noun dates from the late 18th cent.Idioms (informal) to look carefully around a place to see what you can find; to try to find out information about somebody/something His mother often goes into his room and has a good old poke around. if you buy a pig in a poke, you buy something without seeing it or knowing if it is good enough Buying from a catalogue can mean buying a pig in a poke.
    take a poke at somebody/something
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    (old-fashioned, North American English, informal) to make an unkind remark about somebody/something; to laugh at somebody/something
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