poke bonnet


3 [pohk]
a projecting brim at the front of a bonnet, framing the face.
Also called poke bonnet. a bonnet or hat with such a brim.

1760–70; apparently special use of poke1

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poke1 (pəʊk)
vb (when intr, often foll by at) (usually foll by in, out, out of, through, etc) (often foll by along)
1.  (tr) to jab or prod, as with the elbow, the finger, a stick, etc
2.  (tr) to make (a hole, opening, etc) by or as by poking
3.  to thrust (at)
4.  informal (tr) to hit with the fist; punch
5.  to protrude or cause to protrude: don't poke your arm out of the window
6.  (tr) to stir (a fire, pot, etc) by poking
7.  (intr) to meddle or intrude
8.  (intr; often foll by about or around) to search or pry
9.  to loiter, potter, dawdle, etc
10.  slang (tr) (of a man) to have sexual intercourse with
11.  poke fun at to mock or ridicule
12.  poke one's nose into See nose
13.  a jab or prod
14.  short for slowpoke
15.  informal a blow with one's fist; punch
16.  slang sexual intercourse
[C14: from Low German and Middle Dutch poken to thrust, prod, strike]

poke2 (pəʊk)
1.  dialect a pocket or bag
2.  a pig in a poke See pig
[C13: from Old Northern French poque, of Germanic origin; related to Old English pocca bag, Old Norse pokipouch, Middle Dutch poke bag; compare poach²]

poke3 (pəʊk)
1.  Also called: poke bonnet a woman's bonnet with a brim that projects at the front, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
2.  the brim itself
[C18: from poke1 (in the sense: to thrust out, project)]

poke4 (pəʊk)
short for pokeweed

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Word Origin & History

c.1380, perhaps from M.Du. poken "to poke," or M.L.G. poken "to stick with a knife," both from P.Gmc. base *puk-, perhaps imitative. To poke fun "tease" first attested 1840; to poke around "search" is from 1809. The noun meaning "an act of poking" is attested from 1796, originally pugilistic slang.

"sack," 1228, probably from O.N.Fr. poque (12c.), probably from a P.Gmc. *puk- (cf. O.E. pocca, M.Du. poke, O.N. poki "bag, pocket"), from PIE base *beu-, an imitative root associated with words for "to swell."

1634, "tobacco plant," from Narraganset puck "smoke," shortened from Algonquian uppowoc. Klein gives source as Virginian puccoon, lit. "plant for staining." The exact plant meant by the Indians is likewise uncertain.
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poke bonnet

hood-shaped hat tied under the chin, with a small crown at the back and a wide projecting front brim that shaded the face. It became fashionable at the beginning of the 19th century and was worn by women and children of all ages. The size of the poke bonnet increased until, in 1830, a woman's face could not be seen except from directly in front.

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