Poke

Definition of Poke

n.1.(Bot.) A large North American herb of the genus Phytolacca (Phytolacca decandra), bearing dark purple juicy berries; - called also garget, pigeon berry, pocan, and pokeweed. The root and berries have emetic and purgative properties, and are used in medicine. The young shoots are sometimes eaten as a substitute for asparagus, and the berries are said to be used in Europe to color wine.
1.A bag; a sack; a pocket.
They wallowed as pigs in a poke.
- Chaucer.
2.A long, wide sleeve; - called also poke sleeve.
To boy a pig a poke
that is, in a bag), to buy a thing without knowledge or examination of it.
- Camden.
v. t.1.To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire.
[imp. & p. p. Poked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Poking.]
He poked John, and said "Sleepest thou ?"
- Chaucer.
2.To thrust with the horns; to gore.
3.To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox.
To poke fun
to excite fun; to joke; to jest.
To poke fun at
to make a butt of; to ridicule.
v. i.1.To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about.
A man must have poked into Latin and Greek.
- Prior.
n.1.The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs.
2.A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person.
3.A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
Poke bonnet
a bonnet with a straight, projecting front.

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