There are 3 definitions of poke in English:

poke1

Syllabification: poke
Pronunciation: /pōk
 
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verb

1 [with object] Jab or prod (someone or something), especially with one’s finger: he poked Benny in the ribs and pointed [no object]: they sniffed, felt, and poked at everything they bought
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  • It only seemed like I had been asleep for two minutes when I was poked at and I nearly jumped out of my skin before I realized our car ride was over.
  • If people are poked with a sharp enough stick, like the threat of a large-scale war, they'll respond.
  • We've been poking him with a sharp stick, and if you do that long enough, you have to either shoot the dog or get bit.
Synonyms
prod, jab, dig, nudge, butt, shove, jolt, stab, stick
1.1(On the social networking site Facebook) attract the attention of (another member of the site) by using the ‘poke’ facility.
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  • They report that the new Facebook application will offer deeper integration with your phone for better all-around poking.
  • She has been arrested for Facebook "poking" a woman who had filed a legal order of protection against her.
  • When a user is poked an icon appears on their Facebook homepage, with the option to 'remove poke' or 'poke back'.
1.2Prod and stir (a fire) with a poker to make it burn more fiercely.
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  • The girl threw a log on the fire, and poked the embers into flames.
  • With an exasperated sigh, she stood and sat by the fire, poking the embers absent-mindedly with a stick.
  • Calomar had opened the door to the wood burning stove, and was poking at the fire with a metal poker he had found.
1.3Make (a hole) in something by prodding or jabbing at it.
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  • She poked a few more holes in the belt and then cinched it around her waist.
  • Alternatively, poke holes in the can and throw it out attached to a length of string - you'll need to retrieve it to keep poking more holes in it as the contents disappear.
  • You've poked more holes into what's left of my ship, and I don't want to wait around here for whoever may come looking.
1.4Thrust (something) in a particular direction: I poked my head around the door to see what was going on she poked her tongue out
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  • The doctor, a balding man with a pitted red nose, poked his head around the doorframe.
  • Follow this course in life and your nose'll never poke itself beyond a book.
  • The goat stands on his hind legs, embraces the glass, and pokes his long pointed tongue into the foam.
1.5 [no object] Protrude and be or become visible: she had wisps of gray hair poking out from under her bonnet
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  • Wiry white and grey hairs poked out of his thick, flabby ears and his blue eyes were shoved deep into this rough-skinned face.
  • We cut to the next scene, where he is now under a large mound of sand, now with only the top of his head visible, poking through the side of the mound.
  • A widow of several years, she wears a green, yellow and orange headscarf, from which black and grey curls poke out.
Synonyms
stick out, jut out, protrude, project, extend
1.6 vulgar slang (Of a man) have sexual intercourse with (another person).
2 [no object] informal Move slowly; dawdle: I was poking along, my vision blocked by that curtain of sleet
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  • A Cadillac with Kansas plates is poking along ahead of me.
  • I'm still poking along at mere bytes a second, but technicians are working day and night to get my connection working again.
  • But even if you're still poking along on dialup, they're worth it.

noun

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1An act of poking someone or something: she gave the fire a poke
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  • The main purpose of my wee trip was to see my Uncle John and give him a poke and prod prior to his heart surgery.
  • I gave the house sale a good poke and prod today and it sounds as if the urgency of our situation has got through.
  • Her mom gave her a poke and gestured to the table.
Synonyms
prod, jab, dig, elbow, nudge, shove, stab
1.1 (a poke around) informal A look or search around a place.
1.2 vulgar slang An act of sexual intercourse.
2 (also poke bonnet) A woman’s bonnet with a projecting brim or front, popular especially in the early 19th century.
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  • A Pennsylvania Amish in a poke bonnet goes next, happy as a bug.
3 informal , chiefly British Power or acceleration in a car: I expect you’d prefer something with a bit more poke
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  • Yes it provides a bit of poke, but it would be nice if this 1.6l engine could provide more than its quoted 95PS.
  • Breakaway is sharper on the exit of a bend but that has as much to with extra poke and grippier tyres as it does with the suspension.
  • It is compact, though, and still looks terrific, and the new version has a lot of poke.

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 century.

Phrases

better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick)

humorous Welcome or pleasing, even if other circumstances might be better: I got a tax rebate—not a huge amount but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick
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  • He's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
  • Getting hold of that is certainly better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
  • Not a huge amount but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

poke fun at

Tease or make fun of.
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  • I had been out to since sixth grade, not to my family of course, and had had my share of being teased and poked fun at but a few words dropped here and there and it was settled fast.
  • A send-up should be smarter than the films it pokes fun at, but that isn't the case here.
  • My middle name smacks of big slobbery dog jokes and yet my last name was the one kids poked fun at in school.
Synonyms
mock, make fun of, ridicule, laugh at, jeer at, sneer at, deride, scorn, scoff at, pillory, lampoon, tease, taunt, chaff, jibe at
informal send up, kid, rib, goof on

poke one's nose into

informal Take an intrusive interest in.
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  • Also we tend not to get involved in some of the ‘intra-blog battles’ that rage across the web but they can be illuminating sometimes and are often fun to poke your nose into now and then.
  • It's also possible to go round the old manor house, to poke your nose into all the barns and have a look at the old farm equipment.
  • He had poked his nose into all her private affairs from the start, so why shouldn't she return the compliment?
Synonyms
pry into, interfere in, intrude on, butt into, meddle with
informal snoop into

take a poke at someone

informal Hit or punch someone.
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  • There are advantages and disadvantages to this; the advantage is that, done in a crowded situation, you don't have to be the immediate suspect if you take a poke at someone whose back is turned.
  • But, like his twin before, he too took a poke at me, which just barely missed as I ducked behind mom, who was frowning in disapproval.
  • Plus, there are these guys I had a bit of an altercation with last week who'd love to take a poke at me, and I ain't about to help them out.
Criticize someone.
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  • He also took a poke at Panday's popular statement of giving his blood, sweat and tears to build the UNC.
  • And of course I couldn't resist taking a poke at Justice Moore and his Ten Commandments monument.
  • She shows depth on the inspirational ‘Get Up Again,’ and the grown-up ‘Our Child,’ and takes a poke at her detractors on ‘You Will Never.’

Phrasal verbs

poke around/about

Look around a place, typically in search of something.
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  • I roll over and hear our daughter poking around the house in search of dyed eggs.
  • Vittorio spies on Frank as he pokes around the parlor, searching for a hidden compartment.
  • Ramsey said search teams looked in burrows and sometimes poked around with sticks.
Synonyms
search, hunt, rummage (around), forage, grub, root about/around, scavenge, nose around, ferret (about/around); sift through, rifle through, scour, comb, probe

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poke2

Syllabification: poke
Pronunciation: /
 
pōk/

noun

dialect
1A bag or small sack.
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  • More exotic Scots words would include stoorsooker pokes, for vacuum cleaner bags and tea-pokies for tea bags.
1.1North American informal A purse or wallet.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Northern French poke, variant of Old French poche 'pocket'. Compare with pouch.

Phrases

a pig in a poke

see pig.

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poke3

Syllabification: poke
Pronunciation: /
 
pōk/

noun

1 another term for pokeweed.
2 (Indian poke) another term for false hellebore.

Origin

early 18th century: from Virginia Algonquian poughkone (see puccoon).

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