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Definition of poke verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


/poʊk/ poke pronunciation American
1 [transitive] to quickly push your fingers or another object into someone or something synonym prod poke someone/something with somethingShe poked him in the ribs with her elbow. poke something into somethingShe poked her elbow into his ribs. poke someone/somethingI'm sick of being poked and prodded by doctors.She got up and poked the fire (= to make it burn more strongly).2 [transitive] poke something + adverb/preposition to push something somewhere or move it in a particular direction with a small quick movementHe poked his head around the corner to check that nobody was coming.Someone had poked a message under the door.Don't poke her eye out with that stick!3 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition if an object is poking out of, through, etc. something, you can see a part of it that is no longer covered by something elseThe end of the cable was left poking out of the wall.A bony elbow poked through a hole in his sweater.Clumps of grass poked up through the snow.4 [transitive] poke a hole in something (with something) to make a hole in something by pushing your finger or another object into itThe kids poked holes in the ice with sticks.IDIOMS

poke fun at someone/something

to say unkind things about someone or something in order to make other people laugh at them
synonym ridiculeHer novels poke fun at the upper class.She's always poking fun at herself.poke fun at

poke/stick your nose into something

(informal) to try to become involved in something that does not concern youHe's always poking his nose into other people's business.poke your nose intostick your nose into

poke around

(informal) to look for something, especially something that is hidden among other things that you have to moveThe police spent the day poking around in his office but found nothing.(figurative)We've had journalists poking around and asking a lot of questions.poke around

poke at something

to push a pointed object, your finger, etc. at something repeatedly with small quick movementsHe poked at the spaghetti with a fork.poke at