poke

A poke is a jab or a sharp push, usually with something thin or pointed, like a finger, a stick, or even an elbow.

The main idea behind a poke is a prodding action that creates a depression or hole, as when you poke someone in the ribs with your finger. It can also mean a quick, sharp movement, like when a turtle pokes its head out of its shell. Still, the word often has a less-than-pleasant feeling to it, like something not really dangerous but still annoying. We often say a tolerable experience is "better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick." It can also take on a more figurative meaning — when you "poke your nose into someone else's business," it means that you are intruding in another's private matters.

Primary Meanings of poke

1.
vn
hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
2.
v
search or inquire in a meddlesome way
3.
n
tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous
4.
n
someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
5.
n
a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
Full Definitions of poke
1

v hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument

Synonyms:
pound, thump
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v poke or thrust abruptly

Synonyms:
dig, jab, prod, stab
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

v stir by poking

poke the embers in the fireplace”
Type of:
agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
change the arrangement or position of

v make a hole by poking

Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

n a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

Synonyms:
jab, jabbing, poking, thrust, thrusting
Type of:
gesture
motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

n (boxing) a blow with the fist

Synonyms:
biff, clout, lick, punch, slug
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counter, counterpunch, parry
a return punch (especially by a boxer)
KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker, knockout punch
a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
hook
a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
jab
a quick short straight punch
rabbit punch
a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
sucker punch
an unexpected punch
roundhouse
a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
2

v search or inquire in a meddlesome way

Synonyms:
horn in, intrude, nose, pry
Type of:
look, search
search or seek
3

n tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous

Synonyms:
Phytolacca americana, garget, pigeon berry, scoke
Type of:
pokeweed
perennial of the genus Phytolacca
4

n someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

Synonyms:
dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer
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lingerer, loiterer
someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud
someone who moves slowly
potterer, putterer
a person who putters about
straggler, strayer
someone who strays or falls behind
Type of:
bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer
person who does no work
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n a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases

Synonyms:
carrier bag, paper bag, sack
Types:
doggie bag, doggy bag
a bag for food that a customer did not eat at a restaurant; the transparent pretense is that the food is taken home to feed the customer's dog
grocery bag
a sack for holding customer's groceries
Type of:
bag
a flexible container with a single opening