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Oxford dictionary definition of the word poke:
1 [with object] jab or prod (someone or something) with one’s finger or a sharp object:
he poked Benny in the ribs and pointed
they sniffed, felt, and poked at everything they bought
(on the social networking site Facebook) attract the attention of (another member of the site) by using the ‘poke’ facility.
prod and stir (a fire) with a poker to make it burn more fiercely:
she drew the curtains then poked the fire into a blaze
make (a hole) in something by prodding or jabbing at it:
don’t forget to poke holes in the dough to allow steam to escape
vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] thrust (something, such as one’s head) in a particular direction:
I poked my head around the door to see what was going on
[no object, with adverbial] protrude and be visible:
she had wisps of grey hair poking out from under her bonnet
1an act of poking someone or something:
she gave the fire a poke
vulgar slang an act of sexual intercourse.
2 (a poke round/around) informal a look or search around a place:
his mother comes into his room sometimes and has a poke round
3 [mass noun] British informal power or acceleration in a car:
I expect you’d prefer something with a bit more poke
4 (also poke bonnet) a woman’s bonnet with a projecting brim or front, popular especially in the early 19th century.
be better than a poke in the eye with a sharp (or Australian burnt) stick
humorous be welcome or pleasing:
I got a tax rebate—not a huge amount but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick
poke fun at
tease or make fun of:
this film pokes fun at Stalinism and the army which supported it
poke one’s nose into
informal take an intrusive interest in:
it’s not like you to poke your nose into areas that don’t concern you
take a poke at someone
informal hit or punch someone.
he took a poke at the tournament’s sponsors, a cigarette company
informal look around a place, typically in search of something:
she poked about in the cupboard for a minute or two
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