1. (also pock) of a man, occas. woman, to have hetero- or homosexual intercourse.
|Satiromastix II i: A Rebato [i.e. a linen-covered wire frame to which a ruff was pinned] must be poaked; now many women weare Rebatoes, and many that weare Rebatoes – Must be poakt.|
|Parliament of Women 12: That damn’d fowl Italian sin of poking for Generation in the Bowels of their own Sex; to the great Scorn, Contempt, Neglect, and reproach of the whole Commonweal of Women.|
|Ladies Delight 3: This rises at a Lady’s Hand, / And grows more strong the more ’tis strok’d / As others fall when they are pok’d.|
|letter in Journal Homosexuality (1980/81) VI Fall/Winter 87: I feel some inclination to know [...] whether you yet have the extravagant delight of poking and punching a writhing Bedfellow with your long fleshen pole.‘Writhing Bedfellows’ in|
|‘They All Be Pokeing At Our House’ in Gentleman Steeple-Chaser 37: The groom he is pokeing the mare every day, / And the butler he pokes our house keeper too they say.|
|‘The Idiot Boy’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 33: It fell out from your poke, good sir, while you were poking Nelly.|
|Cythera’s Hymnal in (1969) 377: Nor I don’t like to see, though it’s really a lark, / A clergyman poking a girl in the park.|
|Venus in India I 83: Have you not heard how Mrs. So and So is suspected of poking, and yet you have met her every night at the best of houses?|
|Memoirs of Dolly Morton in Mills (1983) 268: Whipping a girl seemed to have an exciting effect on Randolph, for, after switching one, he invariably used to come to me [...] and poke me with great vigour.|
|Sadopaideia 25: I had poked and ‘kissed’ the mistress and had been ‘kissed’ by both mistress and maid.|
|Home to Harlem 213: Boozing and poking and rooting around, jolly enough all right, but not altogether contented.|
|in Limerick (1953) 172: His efforts to poke her, assiduous, / Met a dense growth of hair most prodiguous.|
|letter 19 June in Leader (2000) 73: Her other husband coming back and going to kill the second husband for pocking her and her for beng [sic] pocked.|
|letter 12 May in Leader (2000) 259: Why can’t he take pocking the same way the girls take beng [sic] pocked.|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 106: Beef stake, poke steak / make a little gravy / Your thing, my thing / Make a little baby.|
|On the Yard (2002) 220: You think poking some guy in his hairy ass is really living?|
|Breaking Out 143: ‘No Father—I poked a possum.’ He said: ‘You what?’ And I said: ‘I poked a possum. That’s after I got up a goat.’.|
|(con. 1964) My Secret Hist. (1990) 227: I poked my first girl when I was eight or nine.|
|(con. 1940s) Never a Normal Man 190: Do you know how long it is since I last poked your mother?|
|Skinny Dip 215: Ain’t been widowed a week and already he’s pokin’ poon.|
2. (orig. US) to hit, to strike.
|N.Y. Herald 19 July in Unforgettable Season (1981) 129: McGraw [...] poked a boy in the jaw.|
|Taking the Count 324: If he makes any funny cracks at me, I’ll just poke him one for luck.‘For the Pictures’ in|
|Manhattan Transfer 321: I pokes him one before he has time to pull a gun an overboard he goes.|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 44: ‘Fatty got up and came at me again. I [...] poked him hard in the guts’.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 387: He gets drunk all the time and then picks out the biggest cop or dick he can find and pokes him.Young Manhood in|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 55: Poke, to hit a person.|
|Long Good-Bye 6: I guess it’s always a mistake to interfere with a drunk. Even if he knows and likes you he is always liable to haul off and poke you in the teeth.|
|Best Man To Die (1981) 9: If anyone had hinted such Jack would have poked him on the nose.|
|Family Arsenal 30: I just poked him in the snoot.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 131: Sugar, he poked her with them guns!|
|Guardian Friday Rev. 11 June 15: What do you do, poke ’em in the eye?|
3. (US) to drive fast.
|in Law Unto Themselves 113: Q. How long does it take you to drive from here? A. About two hours. If I poke, maybe two hours.|
|Waiting for Sheila (1977) 101: If there’s a pokeable woman around it grows to a respectable length of six inches.|
|Boy, The Bridge, The River 115: He had told the boys he’d be out at the lake by nine, it was no good getting up on the skis if you felt poked.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
|DSUE (1984) 904/1: C.19–20.|
|‘Muffy’s World of Vagina Euphemisms’ at Starma.com [Internet] pocketbook / poke hole.|
|First book of Airs in (1969) 162: I have other dainty tricks / Sleek stones and poking sticks.|
|Winter’s Tale IV iii: For my lads to give their dears; Pins and poking sticks of steel; What maids lack from head to heel.|
a euph. for fuck off v. (1)
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 65: You want Spanish Fly, he said. Ainslie told him to poke off.diary 20 Feb. in|
a phr. meaning that a woman’s looks are irrelevant if she’s sexually available.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 18: Oh well, you don’t look at the mantelpiece when you stoke the fire.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 125: ‘You couldn’t say she was much of a cop.’ [...] ‘When you’re stoking the fire, you don’t look at the mantel-piece’.|
|‘Nagasaki Sauce’ [lyrics] You don’t look in the mirror when you’re poking the grate.|
|Filth 50: Never mind the mantelpiece when your pokin the fire, that’s my motto.|
|Theft 238: They say you do not look at the mantelpiece when you are poking the fire so I poked her.|
SE in slang uses
an interfering person.
|Limehouse Nights 271: Go on up and see fer yes-selves, yeh dirty lot of poke-noses.|
to walk slowly; to do anything slowly.
|Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) 33: We have been accused of ‘poking’ our way across the Atlantic, I don’t know how that applies to us, for we kept a ‘straight course,’ ran like the devil, and cleared ‘all the bars’.|
|Sam Slick in England II 89: I was a pokin’ along the road from Halifax to Windsor.|
|Little Mr. Bouncer 117: I’ll make myself happy, and poke about, and have a look over the premises.|
|Dinkinbar 32: The pokin’ and the pokin’ along day in and day out as if a man didn’t care if he grew old and died on the road.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 205: He came down to lunch with the Head. I found him pokin’ about the place on his own hook afterwards.‘The Flag of Their Country’ in|
|DN III:i 64: poke, v. Go slowly. ‘He poked along.’.‘Dialect Speech in Nebraska’ in|
|Three Elephant Power 124: You know how a one-eyed beast always keeps movin’ away from the mob, pokin’ away out to the edge of them so as they won’t git on his blind side.‘His Masterpiece’ in|
|Sun. Too Far Away 52: I’m no champion. I just poke along.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
|Snow Crash (1993) 8: The retards and the bimbo boxes poke along, random, indecisive.|
to trick, to fool, to deceive.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
see under borak n.
see poke (the) borak under borak n.
(N.Z.) backward, insignificant.
|Pallet on the Floor 75: The old Marshal’ll run around in circles. Murder in this poke-in-the-arse burg.|
to look up.
|(con. WWI) Somme Mud 5: We poke up and see a whopper nigger eating plum pudding.|