American English

Definition of poke verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poke
    he / she / it pokes
    past simple poked
    -ing form poking
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  1. 1[transitive] to quickly push your fingers or another object into someone or 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. 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. 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. 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. Idioms
    poke fun at somebody/something
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    to say unkind things about someone or 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.
    poke/stick your nose into something (informal)
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    to try to become involved in something that does not concern you He's always poking his nose into other people's business.
    Phrasal Verbspoke aroundpoke at something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: poke