Poke Poke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Poking}.] [Cf. LG. poken to prick, pierce, thrust, pok a dagger, knife, D. pook, G. pocken to beat, also Ir. poc a blow, Gael. puc to push.] 1. To thrust or push against or into with anything pointed; hence, to stir up; to excite; as, to poke a fire. [1913 Webster]

He poked John, and said ``Sleepest thou ?'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To thrust with the horns; to gore. [1913 Webster]

3. [From 5th {Poke}, 3.] To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{To poke fun}, to excite fun; to joke; to jest. [Colloq.]

{To poke fun at}, to make a butt of; to ridicule. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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