Green’s Dictionary of Slang

poke v.

1. [17C+] (also pock) of a man, occas. woman, to have hetero- or homosexual intercourse.

2. [20C+] (orig. US) to hit, to strike.

3. [1970s] (US) to drive fast.

In derivatives

pokeable (adj.)

[1970s] sexually appealing/available.

In compounds

poke-hole (n.) (also poking-hole)

[late 19C+] the vagina.

poking-stick (n.) [double entendre; a SE poking stick was used to iron a ruff]

[early 17C] the penis.

In phrases

you don’t look at the mantelpiece when you’re poking the fire (also you don’t look in the mirror when you’re poking the grate)

[20C+] a phr. meaning that a woman’s looks are irrelevant if she’s sexually available.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

poke-nose (n.)

[1910s] an interfering person.

In phrases

poke (along) (v.) (also poke about)

[mid-19C+] to walk slowly; to do anything slowly.

poke bogey (at) (v.) [SE bogus]

[late 19C–1900s] to trick, to fool, to deceive.

poke-in-the-arse (adj.)

[1970s] (N.Z.) backward, insignificant.

poke up (v.)

to look up.