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English noun: poke

1. poke (plant) 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


Synonymsgarget, Phytolacca americana, pigeon berry, scoke


Broader (hypernym)pokeweed

2. poke (person) someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind


Synonymsdawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer


Broader (hypernym)bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer


Narrower (hyponym)lingerer, loiterer, plodder, potterer, putterer, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud, straggler, strayer

3. poke (artifact) a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases


Synonymscarrier bag, paper bag, sack


Broader (hypernym)bag


Narrower (hyponym)doggie bag, doggy bag, grocery bag

4. poke (act) a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)


SamplesHe warned me with a jab with his finger.
He made a thrusting motion with his fist.


Synonymsjab, jabbing, poking, thrust, thrusting


Broader (hypernym)gesture

5. poke (act) (boxing) a blow with the fist


SamplesI gave him a clout on his nose.


Synonymsbiff, clout, lick, punch, slug


Broader (hypernym)blow


Narrower (hyponym)counter, counterpunch, haymaker, hook, jab, knockout punch, KO punch, parry, rabbit punch, sucker punch, Sunday punch


Domain categoryboxing, fisticuffs, pugilism


English verb: poke

1. poke (contact) poke or thrust abruptly


SamplesHe jabbed his finger into her ribs.


Synonymsdig, jab, prod, stab


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)thrust

2. poke (perception) search or inquire in a meddlesome way


SamplesThis guy is always nosing around the office.


Synonymshorn in, intrude, nose, pry


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)look, search

3. poke (contact) stir by poking


SamplesPoke the embers in the fireplace.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex

4. poke (contact) hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument


SamplesThe salesman pounded the door knocker.
A bible-thumping Southern Baptist.


Synonymspound, thump


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)hit

5. poke (contact) make a hole by poking


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pierce









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