American English

Definition of poke noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[countable, usually singular]
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  • the action of quickly pushing your fingers or another object into someone or something to give the fire a poke He gave me a poke in the ribs to wake me up.
  • Idioms
    have a poke around (informal)
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    to look carefully around a place to see what you can find; to try to find out information about someone or something His mother often goes into his room and has a good old poke around.
    (buy) a pig in a poke
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    if you buy a pig in a poke, you buy something without seeing it or knowing if it is good enough Buying from a catalog can mean buying a pig in a poke.
    take a poke at somebody/something (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    to make an unkind remark about someone or something; to laugh at someone or something
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: poke