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.
- To push or jab at, as with a finger or an arm; prod.
- To make (a hole or pathway, for example) by or as if by prodding, elbowing, or jabbing: I poked my way to the front of the crowd.
- To push; thrust: A seal poked its head out of the water.
- To stir (a fire) by prodding the wood or coal with a poker or stick.
- Slang To strike; punch.
- To make thrusts or jabs, as with a stick or poker.
- To pry or meddle; intrude: poking into another's business.
- To search or look curiously in a desultory manner: poked about in the desk.
- To proceed in a slow or lazy manner; putter: just poked along all morning.
- To thrust forward; appear: The child's head poked from under the blankets.
- A push, thrust, or jab.
- Slang A punch or blow with the fist: a poke in the jaw.
- One who moves slowly or aimlessly; a dawdler.
- poke fun at To ridicule in a mischievous manner; tease.
- A projecting brim at the front of a bonnet.
- A large bonnet having a projecting brim.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. A sack; a bag.