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poke3

[pohk] /poʊk/
noun
1.
a projecting brim at the front of a bonnet, framing the face.
2.
Also called poke bonnet. a bonnet or hat with such a brim.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; apparently special use of poke1
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British Dictionary definitions for poke-bonnet

poke1

/pəʊk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to jab or prod, as with the elbow, the finger, a stick, etc
2.
(transitive) to make (a hole, opening, etc) by or as by poking
3.
when intr, often foll by at. to thrust (at)
4.
(transitive) (informal) to hit with the fist; punch
5.
usually foll by in, out, out of, through, etc. to protrude or cause to protrude don't poke your arm out of the window
6.
(transitive) to stir (a fire, pot, etc) by poking
7.
(intransitive) to meddle or intrude
8.
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to search or pry
9.
(intransitive) often foll by along. to loiter, potter, dawdle, etc
10.
(transitive) (slang) (of a man) to have sexual intercourse with
11.
poke fun at, to mock or ridicule
12.
poke one's nose into, See nose (sense 17)
noun
13.
a jab or prod
14.
short for slowpoke
15.
(informal) a blow with one's fist; punch
16.
(slang) sexual intercourse
Word Origin
C14: from Low German and Middle Dutch poken to thrust, prod, strike

poke2

/pəʊk/
noun
1.
(dialect) a pocket or bag
2.
a pig in a poke, See pig (sense 9)
Word Origin
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/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: from poke1 (in the sense: to thrust out, project)

poke4

/pəʊk/
noun
1.
short for pokeweed
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Word Origin and History for poke-bonnet
poke
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.
poke
"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."
poke
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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Slang definitions & phrases for poke-bonnet

poke 1

noun
  1. A cowboy: Each poke pays his own transportation to the Rodeo (1928+)
  2. slowpoke (1940s+)
  3. The sex act; piece of ass (1700+)
verb
  1. To herd cattle (1940s+)
  2. To hit the ball, esp to hit fairly lightly with precise aim: He just poked it into the hole (1880s+ Baseball)
  3. To do the sex act with or to; screw (1868+)
Related Terms

buy a pig in a poke, cowpuncher


poke 2

noun
  1. A wallet, pocket, or purse: with only about $85 in my poke (1859+)
  2. Money; one's bankroll (1926+)

[fr Southern dialect, ''pocket, bag,'' fr Middle English, ultimately fr Old Norman French]


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