Share this entry

British English: /pəʊk/
American English: /poʊk/

Translation of poke in French:


  • 1 (prod) a poke in the eye
    un coup dans l'œil
    un camouflet
    to give the fire a poke
    tisonner le feu
  • 2 (punch) to take a poke at somebody
    envoyer un coup de poing à quelqu'un
    envoyer une pierre dans le jardin de quelqu'un

transitive verb

  • 1 (jab, prod)
    pousser [quelqu'un] du bout du doigt
    donner un coup dans
    (pile, substance)
    to poke somebody in the ribs/the eye
    donner un coup dans les côtes/l'œil de quelqu'un
    to poke oneself in the eye with a pencil
    se mettre un crayon dans l'œil
    he poked his food with his fork
    il inspecta le contenu de son assiette avec sa fourchette
  • 2 (push, put)to poke something into
    enfoncer quelque chose dans
    (hole, pot)
    to poke one's finger into a hole/pot
    mettre le doigt dans un trou/pot
    to poke one's finger up one's nose
    se mettre le doigt dans le nez
    to poke one's head round the door/out of the window
    passer la tête par la porte/par la fenêtre
    to poke food through the bars
    passer de la nourriture à travers les barreaux
  • 3 (pierce) See examples: to poke a hole in something
    percer quelque chose, faire un trou dans quelque chose
    with avec

intransitive verb


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

Phrasal verbs

poke around

poke about
(British English)
in dans for pour trouver

poke at

poke at [somebody/something]
(with finger)
pousser [quelqu'un] du bout du doigt
enfoncer son doigt dans
(pile of objects, cake)
tâter du bout du doigt
(vegetables, fruit)
(with stick)
piquer dans
(pile of objects)
chipoter dans

poke out

1 poke out
(elbow, toe, blade, spring)
to poke out through
(spring, stuffing) (hole, old mattress)
poindre à travers
(snow, rubble)
to poke out from under
dépasser de dessous
(bed, covers)
2 to poke out [something], to poke [something] out
(head, nose, tongue)
to poke somebody's eye out
crever l'œil de quelqu'un

poke up

(flower, shoot) through à travers

Definition of poke in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day doofus
    Pronunciation: ˈdo͞ofəs
    a stupid person