Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at pocket
Date: 13th century
1. chiefly Southern & Midland bag, sack
Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch poken to poke
Date: 14th century
(1) prod, jab <poked him in the ribs> (2) to urge or stir by prodding or jabbing <poked and scolded by the old folks — Upton Sinclair> (3) to cause to prod ; thrust <poked a stick at the snake> b. (1) pierce, stab (2) to produce by or as if by piercing, stabbing, or jabbing <poke a hole> <poked holes in his heavily footnoted argument — David Stoll> c. (1) hit, punch <poked him in the nose> (2) to deliver (a blow) with the fist (3) to hit (a blooper) in baseball 2. a. to cause to project <poked her head out of the window> b. to make (one's way) by poking <poked his way through the ruins> c. to interpose or interject in a meddlesome manner <asked him not to poke his nose into other people's business> intransitive verb 1. a. to make a prodding, jabbing, or thrusting movement especially repeatedly b. to strike out at something 2. a. to look about or through something without system ; rummage <poking around in the attic> b. meddle 3. to move or act slowly or aimlessly <just poked around and didn't accomplish much> 4. to become stuck out or forward ; protrude III. noun Date: circa 1796 1. a. a quick thrust ; jab b. a blow with the fist ; punch 2. a projecting brim on the front of a woman's bonnet 3. a cutting remark ; dig IV. noun Etymology: perhaps modification of Virginia Algonquian pocone, poughkone puccoon Date: 1708 pokeweed
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.