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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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