punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug

(noun) (boxing) a blow with the fist; “I gave him a clout on his nose”

jab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting

(noun) a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); “he warned me with a jab with his finger”; “he made a thrusting motion with his fist”

sack, poke, paper bag, carrier bag

(noun) a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer’s purchases

dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke

(noun) someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

poke, pigeon berry, garget, scoke, Phytolacca americana

(noun) 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

jab, prod, stab, poke, dig

(verb) poke or thrust abruptly; “he jabbed his finger into her ribs”


(verb) make a hole by poking

thump, pound, poke

(verb) hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument; “the salesman pounded the door knocker”; “a bible-thumping Southern Baptist”


(verb) stir by poking; “poke the embers in the fireplace”

intrude, horn in, pry, nose, poke

(verb) search or inquire in a meddlesome way; “This guy is always nosing around the office”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


poke (third-person singular simple present pokes, present participle poking, simple past and past participle poked)

To prod or jab with an object such as a finger or a stick. [from later 14th c.]

To stir up a fire to remove ash or promote burning.

(figuratively) To rummage; to feel or grope around. [from early 19th c.]

(transitive, computing) To modify the value stored in (a memory address).

(transitive) To put a poke (device to prevent leaping or breaking fences) on (an animal).

(transitive) To thrust at with the horns; to gore.

(transitive, informal, internet) To notify (another user) of activity on social media or an instant messenger.

(transitive) To thrust (something) in a particular direction such as the tongue.

(transitive, slang, vulgar) To penetrate in sexual intercourse.


• (rummage): fumble, glaum, root; see also feel around

• (penetrate in sexual intercourse): drill, nail, pound; see also copulate with


poke (plural pokes)

A prod, jab, or thrust.

(US, slang) A lazy person; a dawdler.

(US, slang) A stupid or uninteresting person.

(US) A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.

(computing) The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.

(informal, Internet) A notification sent to get another user's attention on social media or an instant messenger.

A poke bonnet.

Etymology 2


poke (plural pokes)

(now, regional) A sack or bag. [from early 13th c.]

A long, wide sleeve.

Synonym: poke sleeve

(Scotland, Northern Ireland) An ice cream cone.

Etymology 3


poke (plural pokes)

(dialectal) pokeweed


• see the list at pokeweed

Etymology 4


poke (uncountable)

(Hawaii) Slices or cubes of raw fish or other raw seafood, mixed with sesame oil, seaweed, sea salt, herbs, spices, or other flavorful ingredients.

Usage notes

Often typeset as poké to aid pronunciation.


• kepo

Source: Wiktionary

Poke, n. (Bot.)

Definition: A large North American herb of the genus Phytolacca (P. decandra), bearing dark purple juicy berries; -- called also garget, pigeon berry, pocan, and pokeweed. The root and berries have emetic and purgative properties, and are used in medicine. The young shoots are sometimes eaten as a substitute for asparagus, and the berries are said to be used in Europe to color wine.

Poke, n. Etym: [AS. poca, poha, pohha; akin to Icel. poki, OD. poke, and perh. to E. pock; cf. also Gael.poca, and OF. poque. Cf. Pock, Pocket, Pouch.]

1. A bag; a sack; a pocket. "He drew a dial from his poke." Shak. They wallowed as pigs in a poke. Chaucer.

2. A long, wide sleeve; -- called also poke sleeve. To boy a pig a poke (that is, in a bag), to buy a thing without knowledge or examination of it. Camden.

Poke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poked; p. pr. & vb. n. Poking.] Etym: [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. He poked John, and said "Sleepest thou " Chaucer.

2. To thrust with the horns; to gore.

3. Etym: [From 5th Poke, 3.]

Definition: To put a poke on; as, to poke an ox. [Colloq. U. S.] To poke fun, to excite fun; to joke; to jest. [Colloq.] -- To poke fun at, to make a butt of; to ridicule. [Colloq.]

Poke, v. i.

Definition: To search; to feel one's way, as in the dark; to grope; as, to poke about. A man must have poked into Latin and Greek. Prior.

Poke, n.

1. The act of poking; a thrust; a jog; as, a poke in the ribs. Ld. Lytton.

2. A lazy person; a dawdler; also, a stupid or uninteresting person. [Slang, U.S.] Bartlett.

3. A contrivance to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences. It consists of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward. [U.S.] Poke bonnet, a bonnet with a straight, projecting front.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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Coffee has initially been a food – chewed, not sipped. Early African tribes consume coffee by grinding the berries together, adding some animal fat, and rolling the treats into tiny edible energy balls.

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