To poke fun
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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  • To poke fun at — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poke fun at — MOCK, make fun of, ridicule, laugh at, jeer at, sneer at, deride, scorn, scoff at, pillory, lampoon, tease, taunt, rag, chaff, jibe at; informal send up, take the mickey out of, kid, rib; Brit. informal wind up; N. Amer. informal goof on, rag on; …   Useful english dictionary

  • poke fun at — I never meant to poke fun at you Syn: mock, make fun of, ridicule, laugh at, jeer at, sneer at, deride, scorn, scoff at, pillory, lampoon, tease, taunt, chaff, jibe at; informal send up, kid, rib, goof on …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • poke fun at somebody — poke ˈfun at sb/sth idiom to say unkind things about sb/sth in order to make other people laugh at them Syn: ↑ridicule • Her novels poke fun at the upper class. • She s always poking fun at herself. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • poke fun at something — poke ˈfun at sb/sth idiom to say unkind things about sb/sth in order to make other people laugh at them Syn: ↑ridicule • Her novels poke fun at the upper class. • She s always poking fun at herself. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • poke fun (at) — phrase to make unkind jokes about someone or something All the kids poked fun at Dan’s new haircut. Thesaurus: mocking and mockeryhyponym to tell a joke or jokessynonym Main entry: poke …   Useful english dictionary

  • poke\ fun\ at — • make fun of • poke fun at v. phr. informal To joke about; laugh at; tease; mock. Men like to make fun of the trimmings on women s hats. James poked fun at the new pupil because her speech was not like the other pupils …   Словарь американских идиом

  • poke fun at — make fun of or poke fun at to make jokes about someone or something in an unkind way The other children made fun of her because she was always so serious …   English dictionary

  • poke fun — verb subject to laughter or ridicule (Freq. 1) The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday • Syn: ↑ridicule, ↑roast, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • poke fun — verb To subject (someone) to laughter or ridicule. Syn: make fun of …   Wiktionary

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