poke1 / pōk/ • v. 1. [tr.] jab or prod (someone or something), esp. with one's finger: he poked Benny in the ribs and pointed | [intr.] they sniffed, felt, and poked at everything they bought. ∎ [tr.] jab (one's finger) at someone or into something: keep adding water until you can comfortably poke your finger into the soil. ∎ prod and stir (a fire) with a poker to make it burn more fiercely. ∎ make (a hole) in something by prodding or jabbing at it. ∎ [tr.] thrust (something) in a particular direction: I poked my head around the door to see what was going on she poked her tongue out. ∎ [intr.] protrude and be or become visible: she had wisps of gray hair poking out from under her bonnet. ∎ vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (another person).2. [intr.] move slowly; dawdle: I was poking along, my vision blocked by that curtain of sleet.• n. 1. an act of poking someone or something: she gave the fire a poke. ∎ (a poke around) inf. a look or search around a place. ∎ vulgar slang an act of sexual intercourse.2. (also poke bonnet) a woman's bonnet with a projecting brim or front, popular esp. in the early 19th century.3. (usu. POKE) Comput. a statement or function in BASIC for altering the contents of a specified memory location. Compare with peek (sense 2).PHRASES: poke fun at tease or make fun of.poke one's nose into inf. take an intrusive interest in.take a poke at someone inf. hit or punch someone. ∎ criticize someone.PHRASAL VERBS: poke around/about look around a place, typically in search of something.poke2 • n. dial. a bag or small sack. ∎ inf. a purse or wallet.PHRASES: a pig in a pokesee pig.poke3 • n. 1. another term for pokeweed. 2. (Indian poke) another term for false hellebore.
Hence (prob.) poke sb. projecting brim of a bonnet. XVIII(so poke-bonnet XIX). poker1 (-ER1) instrument for poking a fire. XVI.